California Healthline: Judge Rules on Medi-Cal Backlog Suit, Orders State To Adhere to 45-Day Deadline

by David Gorn On Thursday, an Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction requiring the state to adhere to a 45-day limit for processing Medi-Cal applications. The ruling by Judge Evelio Grillo was a victory for health care advocates in a lawsuit over the state’s extensive backlog in processing Medi-Cal applications. The Medi-Cal expansion … Continue reading

KPCC: Tens of thousands still waiting for Medi-Cal coverage

Adrian Florido About 170,000 applications for Medi-Cal have been pending longer than 45 days, the amount of time the state is legally allowed to process applications. Some people have been waiting more than a year for coverage. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES  State officials have been working for months to clear a backlog of Medi-Cal applications that … Continue reading

California Healthline: Senate Raises Concerns About Medi-Cal Backlog and Exchange Outreach Effort

by David Gorn On Thursday, state Senators raised a number of concerns about the readiness of Medi-Cal to handle the expected rush of new enrollees during Covered California’s second open enrollment period and questioned the exchange’s outreach plan. The health insurance exchange’s second enrollment period begins Nov. 15 and runs until Feb. 15, 2015. The … Continue reading

California Healthline: 159,000 Medi-Cal Applications Remain Backlogged

As of early this month, state officials said there is a backlog of 159,000 Medi-Cal applications in California. Read article here:

California Healthline: Medi-Cal Application Backlog Will Be ‘Down Significantly’ Within Six Weeks

by David Gorn  At an Assembly Committee on Health hearing yesterday, Department of Health Care Services Director Toby Douglas said the backlog of Medi-Cal applications — at one point in March topping 900,000 unprocessed eligibility claims — now is down to about 250,000 applications and will be “down significantly” from that by the start of … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Medi-Cal patients sue over application backlog

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

By JUDY LIN SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court aims to get the California Department of Health Care Services to process applications within … Continue reading

California Healthline: Advocates, State Officials Wrangle Over California’s Medi-Cal Renewal Backlog

by David Gorn onsumer advocates this week sent a letter to CMS asking for federal intervention in the struggle to eliminate a huge backlog in processing Medi-Cal renewal applications, primarily due to computer-related issues. State officials said the backlog has been reduced to about 490,000 applications, down from a peak of about 900,000 in March. Almost … Continue reading

KPCC: Consumer advocates take Medi-Cal backlog fight to the feds

Adrian Florido and Paul Glickman A coalition of health advocates Friday asked the federal government to force California to do more to reduce its huge backlog of pending Medi-Cal applications. The state has rejected the key elements of a plan proposed by the advocates last month. In July, the Health Consumer Alliance sent a letter … Continue reading

California Healthline: State Hopes To Cut Medi-Cal Enrollment Backlog Nearly in Half by August

by David Gorn State officials yesterday released a letter to CMS outlining a rough plan of action and a detailed explanation for a backlog of 600,000 unprocessed Medi-Cal applications. The letter, sent Monday by Toby Douglas, director of the Department of Health Care Services, was in time to make the 10-business-day deadline set by CMS officials. “Our … … Continue reading

California Healthline: State Officials Meet CMS Deadline for Explanation of Huge Medi-Cal Backlog

by David Gorn State officials yesterday said they met the July 14 deadline to respond to a CMS request for a detailed explanation about why California’s backlog of unprocessed Medi-Cal applications remains at roughly 600,000 applicants. The backlog previously surpassed 900,000. The response, mailed to CMS yesterday, has not yet been approved for public release, according … Continue reading

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