I applied for Medi-Cal but have not received any information from the county


When does coverage start?

Medi-Cal will pay medical bills for 3 months prior to acceptance into medi-cal, but one must ask for retroactive coverage  Western Poverty Law Center Page 5.211.  * Excerpt of email from  [email protected]

Note that you can get immediate confirmation of provisional Medi-Cal enrollment when you apply direct or through an agent – at no additional charge  on Covered CA’s website.  If you scroll down on the eligibility page and find it.

Other ways to get immediate medical care while waiting for your ID cards.


If I’m getting Medi-Cal only, what’s better, apply direct or though Covered CA?


FYI – After enrolling through Covered CA – they will send you a letter that says that Medi-Cal will contact you.  Here’s an excerpt:

Medi-Cal Eligibility

Good News! Based on the information you gave us, we believe you may qualify for coverage through Medi-Cal, or may continue to be eligible for Medi-Cal. The Medi-Cal office in your county (Los Angeles  *  Orange) will contact you if they need more information.

You will get a separate notice about your eligibility for Medi-Cal.

Thus, IMHO – if you are getting Medi-Cal only, it’s best to just apply directly through your county.  Scroll down or look to the right column for online enrollment


What if Medi-Cal took hold of my file, but say I don’t qualify, is there a lapse in coverage? 
Will Covered CA backdate coverage?

If you have already applied, you do not need to apply again. Medi-Cal is processing your application as quickly as possible. Due to the large number of Medi-Cal applications received, processing is taking longer than expected, and proof of certain information is required in order to complete each application.


What should I do?

NEW information on Medi-Cal’s website for Pending Applications & Newly Enrolled

See our contact page for Medi-Cal.



Palmer said people who have been mistakenly categorized in Medi-Cal shouldn’t worry if the situation hasn’t been resolved by the end of Monday. She said the exchange will work to make sure their policies are readjusted and become effective on the first day of the new year. ut san diego.com

By law, health plans can’t cancel coverage without notice, says Rodger Butler, spokesman for the state Department of Managed Health Care.

But through July, DMHC has received 131 complaints from consumers about cancellations this year.

“If an enrollee has been paying their premium, then their health plan must give them at least a 30-day notice,” he says.

If you’re someone whose plan has been canceled without notice, there are some steps you can take:

  • If you were taken off Covered California and placed on Medi-Cal but don’t agree, file an appeal with either of those agencies, Scullary says. Best bet: Start with Covered California’s website, www.CoveredCA.com, where you can find a link to a form requesting an appeal or call (800) 300-1506 (and be prepared to wait on hold).
    •  If you have been canceled outright like Williamson, file a complaint with DMHC. (This also applies to people who have plans purchased from the private market.) Call (888) 466-2219 or go to www.HealthHelp.ca.gov.

And speaking of Facebook, it doesn’t hurt to take your complaint to social media.   sacbee.com

Jones [CA Insurance Commissioner] calls on the agency [Covered CA]  to let consumers keep their subsidized plans until any income mismatches are resolved, rather than automatically switching them onto Medi-Cal.

Covered California defends the process and says its biggest priority is making sure people don’t experience a gap in coverage when they’re being switched into Medi-Cal.

In the meantime, Covered California spokesman Howard advises those who believe they’ve been erroneously moved out of their subsidized plan to appeal the decision with the exchange.    scpr.org/

1.23.2015 Judge rules Medi-Cal MUST process applications within 45 days.   LA Times

1.30.2015 Medi-Cal Website issues

If you need immediate assistance or have a specific question about your application, contact your county human services agency for in-person assistance with your application.

You can also find more information within the Medi-Cal section of this website and on the California Department of Health Care Services’ website .  



Site Map

We are not just Medi-Cal

We've developed the Medi-Cal portion of our website, as many of our Covered CA clients unfortunately end up here, if their income drops below 133% of FPL, Federal Poverty Level, see the income chart.

We do not get a nickel, for this site or for helping people enroll in Medi-Cal, nor answering complex questions.  When you have other questions or need coverage, take a look at   our other websites:

Icons – Explanations


Medi-Cal Confirmation – As soon as you apply through Covered CA!!!

Direct with Medi Cal is faster

Medi-Cal Confirmation - As soon as you apply through Covered CA!!!

Covered CA says wait to hear from Medi-Cal

Covered CA says wait to hear from Medi-Cal

Eligibility Window & Where to click

Eligibility Window & Where to click

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