If a beneficiary receives Medi-Cal (California Medicaid Program) benefits only he/she is obligated to report specific changes to the Medi-Cal regional office that serves his/her county of residence.

What Needs to be Reported?

  • Living arrangement or change of address: this includes if beneficiary enters or leaves a hospital, nursing home or moves from one facility to another)
  • Income changes: this includes increase or decrease in income change of the beneficiary or his/her spouse (refers to unearned income as well as earned income)
  • Resource Changes: this refers to any change in assets that has been sold, received, or given away (examples include property, stocks, bonds, life insurance policy)
  • Family size (passing of beneficiary, passing of spouse, child under 18 years of age moving out of beneficiary’s household)
  • Change in health care coverage-any change in the beneficiary’s health care coverage

How to report?

A beneficiary can either call, write, or visit the Medi-Cal regional office in the county that he/she resides. All changes must be reported within 10 days after the changes have occurred.

Failure to Report
If a beneficiary does not report any of the above changes within the 10 days after a change has happened, failure to report may cause a beneficiary to receive the incorrect Medicaid benefits.

If a beneficiary receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a beneficiary is also obligated to report certain changes to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please visit for the specific changes that need to be reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Resources/Sources/Further Reading:
Urbatsch, K., & Fuller, M. (2016). Administering the California special needs trust: A guide for trustees and those who advise them (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: IUniverse.