LA Violated State Law By Terminating Medi-Cal Coverage For Thousands, Judge Rules
The loss of benefits appear to have resulted from a backlog of applications and a faulty computer system, according to court documents.
Los Angeles Times:
Judge Says L.A. County Wrongly Booted Tens Of Thousands Of Residents Off Medi-Cal
In a decision Thursday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant wrote that the county violated state law by terminating Medi-Cal coverage for beneficiaries even though they turned in their renewal paperwork on time. The ruling orders the county to fix the problem. (Karlamangla, 5/13)
L.A. County Unlawfully Terminated Thousands Medi-Cal Recipients, Court Rules
The May 10 decision, by Superior Court judge James C. Chalfant, ordered the county’s Department of Public Social Services to fix the problem that resulted in so many people getting cut off – though he did not specify how that should be done. The department dropped people between December 2016 and November 2017 before processing their renewal applications, even though they had filed on time, according to plaintiffs’ arguments in court papers. (Gorman, 5/14)