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New Medi-Cal Renewal Process Could Lead to Loss of Coverage, Advocates Say

New enrollment forms the Medi-Cal program is using because of changes brought about by federal health reform are so confusing that they could lead to tens of thousands of eligible recipients losing their benefits, say advocates for the poor.

County officials say the new format will ultimately make it easier for recipients to remain eligible from one year to the next. But critics say the forms ask for detailed information about income and tax deductions that many recipients might not understand or have at their disposal.