To verify eligibility for Medi-Cal, complete the application, receive a notification of likely eligibility through the mail, send in paper verification if requested by the county’s social services office, receive the final notice of action, and receive the Benefits Identification Card if eligible, according to the California Department of Health Care Services. The entire verification process typically takes about 45 days. Once members receive the Benefits Identification Card, they can use their Medi-Cal benefits.
Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program for low-income adults. Applicants who are U.S. citizens or legal residents of California for at least five years can apply for the program if their incomes are less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. If the income requirement is not met, residents may be eligible based on other factors, such as age, pregnancy status, blindness or disability, states San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage.
The final notice of action during the verification process notes whether the applicant is eligible for Medi-Cal, notes the California Department of Health Care Services. While the process generally takes 45 days, it can take up to 90 days for applicants with a disability, according to Benefits CalWIN. Applicants with a medical emergency should indicate it on the application, to expedite the process. One option to check whether a person may be eligible before starting the formal process is the Medi-Cal eligibility tool at Benefits CalWIN.