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Health advocates sue California over Medi-Cal backlog
Southern California Public Radio

Health advocates have sued California over its persistent backlog of pending Medi-Cal applications, alleging that the state has illegally forced hundreds of thousands of low-income residents to go without health insurance for months. The suit also claims that in some cases people have had to forego urgent medical treatment while they wait for their applications to be approved. By law, the state’s Department of Health Care Services is required to process applications for Medi-Cal – the state health insurance program for poor Californians – within 45 days.