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Medi-Cal applicants entitled to benefits despite delays, judge rules
Medi-Cal applicants entitled to benefits despite delays, judge rules

California may no longer leave applicants in limbo as they wait to find out whether they qualify for the state’s healthcare program for the poor, a superior court judge has ruled. In a sharply worded decision issued in Alameda County on Tuesday, Judge Evelio M. Grillo wrote that the California Department of Health Care Services must provide Medi-Cal applicants with temporary benefits if it takes longer than 45 days — the time allowed by state law — to determine their eligibility. The state also will have to notify those with pending applications of their right to a hearing, Grillo said. The decision should prevent the lengthening of an administrative backlog as...

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