Los Angeles Times: Patients sue state over backlog of Medi-Cal approvals, now at 350,000

Los Angeles Times: Patients sue state over backlog of Medi-Cal approvals, now at 350,000

By Eryn Brown

Citing a paperwork backlog that has left the healthcare of hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians in limbo, patients represented by a coalition of legal advocates are suing the state.

In a petition filed Wednesday in Alameda County, the group asked the court to order California’s Department of Health Care Services to comply with rules requiring eligibility reviews for Medi-Cal, the state medical plan for the needy, to be complete within 45 days. Some reviews haven’t been completed for nearly a year.

The lawsuit also asks the state to provide benefits to otherwise-eligible applicants while income is being verified and to notify applicants affected by the backlog that they have the right to request a hearing.

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