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Medi-Cal’s unhealthy backlog for care
San Francisco Chronicle

California has rightly embraced the challenge of expanding access to health care under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act. There’s just one problem. Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the Medicaid safety net program for poor and disabled people, is a bit of a mess.

As of March, California had the largest backlog of Medi-Cal applicants in the nation: about 900,000 people. Now, facing a federal deadline to create plans for getting Medicaid applicants enrolled has brought the matter to a head.