Medicare is a federally governed health insurance
program. Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, is an
assistance program governed by the State of California and
financed equally by the state and federal governments.
Medicare is the federally funded health insurance program for:
People age 65 and older.
Certain younger people under age 65 with certain
People of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent
kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant).
There are four parts of Medicare that cover specific services:
Medicare Part A (hospital insurance)
Medicare Part B (medical insurance)
Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans)
Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)
Your application for Medicare is located at the Social Security
office in your area or is available online here.
Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program, which is financed
equally by the State and federal government. Medi-Cal is a public
health insurance program that provides needed healthcare services
for low-income individuals including:
Families with children
Persons with disabilities
Low-income people with specific diseases such as
tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.
“Medi-Medi” or “Dual Eligible”
Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal. People who
qualify for both programs are called ‘dual eligible’ or
“Medi-Medi.” Medi-Cal is sometimes used to help pay for Medicare