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Medi-Cal patients don’t have adequate access to doctors, audit finds
The Los Angeles Times

An audit released Tuesday found California hasn’t properly ensured that patients who are part of its Medi-Caid program have adequate access to doctors.

The report from the California state auditor’s office found that provider directories for Medi-Cal managed care plans were riddled with errors, including incorrect telephone numbers and listings for doctors who are no longer part of the plans, and that the state’s Department of Health Care Services needs to improve its oversight of the plans.

Medi-Cal is the name of California’s Medi-Caid program.

Eligibility for Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the poor, was expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Since last year, enrollment has exploded, with more than 3.5 million people signing up for the first time. Nearly one in three Californians — a total of 12.2 million people — now receive coverage through Medi-Cal.