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Medicare and Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. Medi-Cal pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medicare is a federally funded insurance program for eligible participants 65 or over. Medicare does not cover 100% of all costs and you may wish to purchase other Medicare-related insurance products such as Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplement policy. The following links provide useful information on Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Medicare-related insurance products.


 

APPLYING FOR MEDI-CAL:

Information about Medi-Cal, resources for applying and eligibility are provided by the Department of Health Care Services.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

California Health Advocates offers Medicare advocacy, benefits information, and education for Californians.

HICAP is the California Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program which provides individualized one-on-one assistance, education and community outreach for Medicare beneficiaries of any age and persons soon to be eligible for Medicare. HICAP services are free and confidential.

Information on Medi-Cal Managed Care, including the benefits covered and what to do if you have a complaint, can be found through the Department of Managed Health Care.

Information on Medicare Advantage can also be found through the Department of Managed Health Care.

 

FRAUD:

Protect your medicare by reviewing "Steps to Safe Guard Your Medicare".

The Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud Elder Abuse explains how to report suspected Medi-Cal fraud or elder abuse to the Department of Justice.

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and report health care fraud.

 

FEDERAL INFORMATION:

Visit the official U.S. Government site for Medicare information.