What is the difference between Medi-Cal, Medicaid and Medicare?
  • Medicare is a Federal program which provides basic health insurance to eligible recipients over age 65, and people who are under 65 and disabled, will get Part A, Part B and D after receiving Social Security benefits for 24 months
  • Medicaid is a joint Federal-State program which provides (among other things) long-term care for seniors
  • Medi-Cal is what the Federal Medicaid program is called in California. Medicare and Medi-Cal work in conjunction with other health insurance companies (such as Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc.) to provide medical services to clients.

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1. What is Medi-Cal?
2. What is the difference between Medi-Cal, Medicaid and Medicare?
3. Who is eligible for Medi-Cal?
4. How is Medi-Cal eligibility determined?
5. What services does Medi-Cal pay for?
6. How do I apply for Medi-Cal?
7. What documents may I be asked to provide?
8. How much does Medi-Cal cost?
9. What is Partnership?
10. Does everyone on the Medi-Cal application have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national?
11. Can green card holders, including those who have lived legally in the US for fewer than 5 years, apply for Medi-Cal?
12. What is the difference between Medi-Cal services provided at Self-Sufficiency and those provided at Comprehensive Services for Older Adults?
13. My husband and I are applying for Medi-Cal; do I need to fill out two applications?
14. What is a Medi-Cal Notice of Action (NOA)?
15. How do I get a new Medi-Cal benefit card?
16. What do I do if I got one Notice of Action (NOA) saying that I am approved for Medi-Cal and another NOA with a different date saying I am approved or denied for Medi-Cal?