Medi-Cal Notice of Death
I am currently in charge of handling my mothers affairs. She is
a Medi-Cal beneficiary right now. When she passes away, is there anything
I need to do with regards to Medi-Cal? Ive heard that theres
a Questionnaire that I might have to fill out.
Concerned in Colma
Dear Concerned in Colma:
According to California Probate Code §§ 215 and 9202, after
your mother passes away, your mothers estate attorney, personal
representative (which would be you in this case), or the person in possession
of your mothers property is required to give notice of her death
to the Department of Health Services (DHS).
This notice should include a copy of the death certificate. To ensure proof that the notice and death certificate were
actually mailed, we recommend using registered mail or some other proof
After the notice of death is sent, DHS has four months in which to file
an estate recovery claim. If DHS does not do so within these four months,
it is forever barred from asserting a recovery claim.
In the mail, you might receive a Questionnaire asking about
your mothers assets. Despite language on the form stating otherwise,
you are not legally required to fill out the Questionnaire.
With regards to Medi-Cal, your only obligation is to provide notice of
death to DHS.
For information about how to avoid estate recovery in the first place,
contact CANHR at 1-800-474-1116.