Medi-Cal automatically renews each year by the county as of 2015, according to Covered California. The county tries to electronically verify certain information, such as income, residency and immigration status. Beneficiaries who are successfully renewed by the county receive a notice in the mail to verify continuance of coverage.
If the county is unable to electronically verify information, a renewal form is sent to the beneficiary to fill out and return. This form asks for information about the household to help the county determine if the family is still eligible for coverage, and it must be returned to the county. Beneficiaries can mail or fax this form, call the county to verify information over the phone or take the renewal form to a local human services agency, according to Covered California.
Renewal applicants who are not automatically renewed and who do not turn in their renewal form on time can still receive uninterrupted benefits by turning in their renewal form within 90 days of when their coverage expires, according to Covered California. Beneficiaries who do not turn in a renewal form within 90 days after their coverage expires are denied further benefits and need to reapply for Medi-Cal coverage as new applicants.