[This content was authored and reused with permission by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)]
Do you or a family member currently have health coverage through Medi-Cal? If so, you may soon need to take steps to find out if you can continue your coverage. As soon as April 1st, California will resume Medi-Cal eligibility reviews. It’s important that you respond to any communications you receive from Medi-Cal. This means some people with Medi-Cal could be disenrolled from those programs.
Here are some things you can do to prepare right now.
- Make sure your address is up to date
` Make sure Medi-Cal has your current mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information. This way, they’ll be able to contact you about your Medi-Cal coverage.
- Check your mail! (and email)
Medi-Cal may mail, email you, or even text you about your Medi-Cal coverage. This message will also let you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medi-Cal. If you get a renewal form, fill it out and return it to Medi-Cal right away. This may help you avoid a gap in your coverage.
If you receive a renewal packet or letter asking for more information, you will need to submit it via mail, phone, in person, or online to avoid gaps in coverage. Members can check their online account – Covered California, BenefitsCal, or MyBenefitsCalWIN – for alerts.
- What if you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal?
If you or a family member no longer qualify for Medi-Cal, you may be able to buy a health plan through Covered California.
- Affordable. 4 out of 5 enrollees can find plans that cost less than $10 a month.
- Comprehensive. Most plans cover prescription drugs and provider services such as, doctor visits, urgent care, hospital visits, and more.
Visit Covered California to find Marketplace plans and see if you might save on premiums. When you apply, don’t forget to include current information about your household, income, and the recent decision about your Medi-Cal coverage.
Get more information
Medi-Cal has a new landing page, KeepMediCalCoverage.org, where Medi-Cal members can find out about the renewal process and how to update their contact information to receive important updates.