Medi-Cal Changes

In March 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily waived certain Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements and conditions in response to COVID-19. The easing of these rules helped people with Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) and CHIP—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories—keep their health coverage during the pandemic. However, a new law ended Medicaid continuous coverage on March 31, 2023, requiring states to restart eligibility renewals beginning April 1, 2023.

You may soon need to take steps to find out if you still qualify for Medi-Cal. Counties will mail you a letter about your Medi-Cal eligibility. You may need to complete a renewal form. Make sure your current contact information is updated with your local county office, if it has changed.

The local county office will only ask you for more information if they need it to renew your Medi-Cal. If you receive a renewal packet or a letter asking for more information, you may submit the information by mail, phone, in person, or online.

If you moved recently, or if any of your contact information, like your phone number or email address, has changed, report your changes to your local county office to make sure you get important information about your Medi-Cal coverage. If you got a new job or your income has changed, be prepared to provide verifications. Check your mail – Counties will mail you a letter about your Medi-Cal eligibility.

You may need to complete a renewal form. If you’re sent a renewal form, submit your information by mail, phone, in-person, or online, so you don’t lose your coverage. Create or check your online account – Covered California, BenefitsCal, or MyBenefitsCalWIN to sign up to get text or email alerts about your case. You may submit renewals or requested information online.

How we can help:

Contact us at (626)399-7082 if you no longer qualify for a plan through Medi-Cal and we can help you enroll on a plan through Covered California. If you want a health insurance plan directly with the health insurance company, we can help with that too. Just fill out our contact form to the right or call us, we’re here to help!

(source: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/toolkits/Pages/Medi-Cal-Continuous-Coverage-Unwinding.aspx)

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