North State Benefits Enrollment Center

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North State Benefits Enrollment Center
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Older women writingAm I eligible?

You may be eligible to receive some or all of the benefits mentioned previously, and explained in more detail below, if you meet income eligibility and other guidelines listed on specific program websites and explored and discussed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

Call us at (530) 345-9749 to determine your eligibility for one or more program

Medicare Low-Income Subsidy & Medicare Extra Help

If you meet California’s Medicaid income and asset guidelines or meet other eligibility criteria, you may qualify for these special Medicare programs. The Low-Income Subsidy helps eligible Medicare recipients pay for their Part D monthly premium, annual deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. If you qualify for Medicare Extra Help, you won’t suffer from the “Medicare donut hole” coverage gap, or gap in prescription drug coverage. You may be eligible for full or partial help, depending on income and whether you’re single or married. Call the CHC at (530) 345-9749 to find out more, and to see if you’re eligible.

Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)

This special Medicare benefit can help pay Medicare premiums and, in some cases, Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. There are four different categories of MSP eligibility, however, so figuring out if you qualify can get confusing. For more information and for help determining whether you’re eligible for MSPs, call the CHC at (530) 345-9749.

Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program)

Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost healthcare coverage to those with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal covers a wide range of services, such as hospitalization, prescription drugs, dental care, and much more. Medi-Cal may also help with paying Medicare premiums, through its Medicare Savings Program. Call the CHC at (530) 345-9749 to find out if your household is eligible.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

If you meet current household income guidelines—a household being the number of people living together who buy food and make meals together (not necessarily related)—you may qualify for LIHEAP, which can help cover home energy costs. At last report, the benefit was $300 per year. For more information andto find out if you’re eligible, call the CHC at (530) 345-9749.  

CalFresh (California’s SNAP program)

You may be eligible for CalFresh food buying assistance if your household meets income and other eligibility guidelines. CalFresh is California’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, once known as food stamps. A household is defined as the number of people who live, buy food, and make meals together. If you qualify, you “spend” each month’s benefits via a plastic debit card you use just like a credit card at grocery stores. In many communities, you can also spend CalFresh benefits at farmers’ markets. Call the CHC at (530) 345-9749 to find out if your household is eligible.

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