In April 2020, Center for Health Care Rights sent out an alert regarding Governor Newsom’s March 2020 Executive Order that allows Californians to keep their Medi-Cal benefits during this emergency period.
As of March 16, 2020, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has instructed all California counties to suspend processing Medi-Cal annual renewals and redeterminations of Medi-Cal eligibility that would discontinue or reduce Medi-Cal coverage during this emergency period, including assessing new Shares of Cost. On July 23, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Azar extended the federal Public Health Emergency until October 25, 2020.
This means that people with Medi-Cal should not have their Medi-Cal benefits terminated or reduced during the current emergency period of March through October 2020. At the earliest, Medi-Cal renewals and redeterminations will be processed as of October 31, 2020.
If you are or someone you know or work with is an older adult (60 +) or younger person on Medicare due to a disability living in Alameda County, whose Medi-Cal benefits have been terminated or downgraded as of March 17, 2020, please call Legal Assistance for Seniors/HICAP for assistance: 510-832-3040 or 510-839-0393. You may also fill out a Request for Assistance for here: https://www.lashicap.org/contact/