San Francisco Chronicle: Judge orders Medi-Cal to meet 45-day eligibility deadline

San Francisco Chronicle: Judge orders Medi-Cal to meet 45-day eligibility deadline

By Bob Egelko

With thousands of low-income Californians waiting for health care, a judge has ordered the state’s Medi-Cal system to meet its 45-day legal deadline for determining eligibility and, if that’s not possible, enroll applicants immediately if they seem likely to be found eligible.
The ruling Tuesday by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo follows strenuous efforts by state officials to eliminate a huge backlog of applications for Medi-Cal, the government-funded health care program for the poor that was expanded last year as part of the new federal health care law. Read the full article here. »

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