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2,600 Medi-Cal cards sent to wrong families

December 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
California health officials say they sent more than 2,600 Medi-Cal benefit ID cards to the wrong families.

The Department of Health Care Services said the error was discovered on Wednesday. Health officials say they took immediate action to notify the affected families and correct the mistake.

The cards ended up in the wrong envelopes because of a computer error. The state is working to send out replacement cards.

Agency officials say it's unlikely the mistake will lead to fraud or identity theft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.