Medicare Qualifications   1-800-772-1212

  • Must be at least 65 or disabled to qualify
  • Must be a legal resident or citizen
  • Either you or your spouse must have worked in Medicare-covered  
        employment for at least 10 years.


    Medicare Parts A and B

  • Part A is usually is premium free, helps cover hospitalization, skilled
    nursing, home health and hospice care.
  • Part B is usually with a very low premium, helps cover doctor visits,
    outpatient care and medical services.


    Medicaid/MediCal

  • Low income medical insurance
  • Qualification process can take several months (Hospitals usually have a
    Medicaid worker to process emergency applications when a patient is in the
    hospital, otherwise one must apply at the Medicaid office, social services
    department or welfare office.)  (If a person is in a nursing home usually the
    nursing home social worker can assist the resident in applying for Medicaid
    as well.)

    Will pay for custodial (non skilled nursing care) long term care in a nursing
    home. This is the only insurance that will pay for this type of care!
    Limitations include:  nursing home Medicaid/MediCal beds usually have
    several beds in same room, many facilities, doctors do not accept
    Medicaid/Medical for payment.  


Medicare Qualifications