Medi-Cal Civil Rights Complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

On December 15, 2015, CREEC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), and Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP filed a civil rights complaint against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of a group of Californians seeking healthcare equality for low-income Latinos in California.

To learn more about this case, please visit  The website contains information about problems facing Medi-Cal beneficiaries and an e-mail form to submit your experience.  You can also leave a message at 855-228-1463 (Toll Free number).


Here is a partial listing of press coverage of the complaint:

Editorial: Medi-Cal compensation rates must be raised, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 23, 2015

Advocates filed civil right case on behalf of Latinos receiving Medi-Cal, Vida en el Valle, Dec. 21, 2015

California’s Medicaid Program and Latinos: Lawsuit Alleges Medi-Cal Discrimination, Glamour, Dec. 17, 2015

L.A. civil rights group alleges Medi-Cal unfair to low-income Latinos, Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 16, 2015

California Latino Advocates File Civil Rights Claim over Medi-Cal, Public News Service, Dec. 16, 2015

Complaint Alleges Discrimination Against Latinos in Medi-Cal, California Healthline, Dec. 16, 2015

California’s Medicaid Program May Be Failing 7.3 Million Latinos, ThinkProgress, Dec. 16, 2015

Latinos allege Medi-Cal discrimination (scroll down to view story), Politico Pulse, Dec. 16, 2015

Latinos demandan a California por programa de Medi-Cal, La Opinion, Dec. 16, 2015

Denuncian sistema salud California por violar acceso de latinos a servicios, FOX News Latino, Dec. 16, 2015

Advocates Allege Discrimination In California’s Medi-Cal Program, Kaiser Health News, Dec. 16, 2015

Medi-Cal sued in Latino civil rights argument, Healthcare Dive, Dec. 16, 2015

Medi-Cal faces discrimination allegations from Latino advocates, FierceHealthPayer, Dec. 16, 2015

Latinos, other Medi-Cal recipients denied access to health care, activists allege, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 15, 2015

Advocates allege discrimination in state’s Medi-Cal program, Orange County Register, Dec. 15, 2015

In Federal Complaint, Advocates Allege Medi-Cal Violates Latinos’ Civil Rights, KQED (NPR – San Francisco), Dec. 15, 2015

Activists claim California is violating Latino Medi-Cal recipients’ civil rights, KPCC (NPR – Los Angeles)
Dec. 15, 2015

Groups allege civil rights violations of Latinos covered by Medi-Cal, Modern Healthcare, Dec. 15, 2015

Medi-Cal civil rights case one of the largest in decades, Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 15, 2015

Civil rights complaint filed against Medi-Cal, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 15, 2015

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