Medi-Cal is health care coverage for qualifying persons who live in California and have income and resources below established limits. Services are based on Federal and State criteria including: income, resources and household size. We offer screening and eligibility determination for seniors or disabled clients for the following programs:

  • Medi-Cal - to pay for medical expenses not covered by Medicare or other health insurance
  • Long-term Care Medi-Cal for those entering skilled nursing facilities
  • CalFresh (Food Stamps)
  • Medicare Savings Programs - assistance with Part A and B premiums

Difference Between Medi-Cal & Medicare

Medicare is the Federal Health Insurance Program, whereas Medi-Cal is the California Health Insurance Program. The two programs work together to cover the medical needs of those who are eligible. They both work in conjunction with other health insurance companies (such as Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc.) to provide medical services to clients. 

For more information on health insurance options, please contact Community Healthcare Initiative at 707-227-0830. For assistance with Medicare plans (part D), please contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 800-434-0222.


Clients must meet certain eligibility criteria prior to being approved for Medi-Cal. The criteria include but are not limited to: resources, income, residency, age, blindness and disability. We review the resources and income for all household applicants. The resource limit for one person is $2,000 and for two people is $3,000*. The property limit is then increased for each additional dependent person living in the home. Please view list of Exempt and Countable Property (PDF).

*The resource level is significantly increased for persons entering Long Term Care (Nursing Home) who have a spouse still living at home. Contact Comprehensive Services for Older Adults (CSOA) Medi-Cal staff for more information.


  • Submit an online application
  • Visit the CSOA office (bilingual assistance is available at both locations):
    • 650 Imperial Way
      Suite 101
      Napa, CA 94559
      Monday though Friday
      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1705 Washington Street
      Suite I
      Calistoga, CA 94515
      Fridays only
      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Contact CSOA by phone at 707-253-3818

Completed applications may be returned to the CSOA office or mailed in. Medi-Cal applications are normally processed through the mail; however, applicants who need assistance completing the application can request an in office appointment.