Judge Orders Calif. To Grant Temporary Coverage To Medi-Cal Applicants Caught in Limbo
The state of California will offer temporary benefits to applicants who have been waiting more than 45 days for officials to determine if they are eligible for the state's Medicaid program.
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Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage
Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The decision came in a lawsuit filed in September alleging that a large backlog of applications to California’s Medicaid program left hundreds of thousands of people unable to access health care. (Gorman, 1/23)
California To Cover Medicaid Applicants Stuck In Limbo
The state of California is preparing to grant temporary health coverage to Medicaid applicants who did not get coverage decisions within a required 45-day period. Alameda County Superior Court Evelio Grillo ruled against the state Tuesday in a case brought by advocates who want to reduce the number of Medicaid applicants who are waiting, sometimes for months beyond the federal deadline, for decisions about whether they qualify for benefits. (Adams, 1/22)