What if I can’t afford the Part B – Doctor Visit Premium of $134/month?
Learn more on categories of dual eligibles whose out of pocket costs are paid by Medi-Cal
Learn More about Medicare Savings Programs (MSP’s) ⇒ CA Health Advocates
4 programs that can help pay Medical Expenses Publication # 11445
Publication 10126 Getting Help with Medicare Costs
See also Medicare & You – Link in side panel
Copied from Los Angeles Medi Cal website
The Medicare Savings Programs help pay for Medicare premiums for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. What services are offered? The government pays part or all of your Medicare premium based on your income. Who can be covered? Medicare beneficiaries entitled to receive Part A Medicare. How much does it cost? Nothing. Is there an income limit? Yes, up to 135% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). To qualify for the program, the family’s monthly income must be at or below the income limit specified for the family size. See the Monthly Income chart for details.
Is there a property limit? Yes, depending on the family size. See the Property Limits Chart for details.
Is citizenship or legal residency required? Yes.
How do I apply?
Apply by mail. To apply, download and complete the application MC 14A, then mail the application to any local Department of Public Social Services Medi-Cal office. View the map for a Medi-Cal Office near you Apply in person. For your convenience, you may apply at any local Department of Public Social Services Medi-Cal office. View the map for a Medi-Cal Office near you. Los Angeles Medi Cal *
Can’t one apply ONLINE?
Los Angeles ONLINE Enrollment with links to other counties
Medicare offers several Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) that assist people with low income and assets: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), Qualified Individual (QI) and Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI). California also offers the 250% California Working Disabled (CWD) program. You must meet certain income and asset limits to qualify for these programs, which are administered by Medi-Cal (the California health program known as Medicaid in other states). This section provides information on eligibility and how to apply. Topics on this page:
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program helps pay for the following Medicare costs:
Medicare & You – see link in side panel
Resources & Related Pages
Medi Helper.com They can help you qualify… they do charge a fee based on the complexity of the case.
Medi-Cal Estate Recovery
- Social Security Disability – SSI, SSDI
Medicare and You 2020 #10050
Everything you want to know
Different Parts of Medicare - Video
Understanding your Medicare Choices
Medi Gap vs Medicare Advantage
How to sign up for Parts A & B
Is your test, service, or item covered?
Original Medicare Parts A & B
Medicare Advantage Plans & Part D Rx
Supplement Insurance (Medigap)
Low Income Help LIS