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Posted on: April 14, 2023

Medi-Cal Coverage Rules Are Changing

Medi-cal rules are changing. Make sure your contact information is up to date.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Medi-Cal had a "continuous coverage" policy intended to keep Medi-Cal recipients covered during the public health emergency. This continuous coverage policy meant that Medi-Cal recipients were not required to complete annual renewals for Medi-Cal benefits. If a recipient reported changes, they were not discontinued from Medi-Cal unless they met certain exceptions to continuous coverage, such as moving out of California or specifically requesting to have their Medi-Cal discontinued.

The continuous coverage policy is ending on March 31st - what does that mean for current Medi-Cal recipients?

Many Medi-Cal recipients will still be eligible for Medi-Cal, but will need to complete a Medi-Cal Renewal for the first time in several years. When you will need to complete a Medi-Cal Renewal depends on when your renewal is due, and whether it can be automatically renewed using information already available to the County.

You will know when you need to complete your Medi-Cal Renewal because a Medi-Cal Renewal Packet will be mailed to you. If you have moved, please call 530-265-1340 to let us know what your current mailing address is so we can send the Medi-Cal Renewal Packet to the right place. You can also sign up for text reminders by texting "CalTEXT" to 72422, so you get a text message letting you know when your Medi-Cal Renewal packet is being sent!

Some Medi-Cal recipients are no longer eligible to Medi-Cal because of changes to their income or other factors. If your Medi-Cal eligibility changes, you will get a notice in the mail. If you lose your Medi-Cal eligibility, you may be able to get health coverage through Covered California - losing Medi-Cal allows you to enroll in a Covered California plan outside of the normal open enrollment period for Covered California.

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