Do I Qualify for Medi-Cal?

Do I Qualify for Medi-Cal Benefits?

Medi-Cal is the California state Medicaid program. Medi-Cal provides funding to nursing home care and other health care services that are deemed medically necessary. Eligibility for Medi-Cal is determined by an individual's assets and income.

Nursing home care can be extremely expensive. Many families are not able to afford the high cost of sending a family member to a nursing home, even for a short amount of time. In a matter of months, an entire life's savings can be depleted.

Elder law attorney Gerry Kane carefully reviews your financial situation and recommends a Medi-Cal planning/Medicaid planning and asset protection plan tailored to your needs and your situation. To find out more about Medi-Cal eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Qualifying for Medi-Cal

If an individual receives Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or related benefits, then he or she is eligible to receive Medi-Cal benefits. Even if an individual does not qualify for any of these programs, he or she may still be able to receive Medi-Cal benefits if he or she is considered "medically needy."

If an individual's income is below a certain amount for a certain family size, he or she may receive Medi-Cal benefits at no cost. Otherwise, he or she may be required to sell off some assets in order to maintain eligibility.

Preserving Wealth and the Family Home

Medi-Cal is entitled to recovery for benefits paid during an individual's lifetime. Without proper planning, this could result in a family home being lost or turned over to Medi-Cal. However, there are effective techniques, such as irrevocable trusts, that enable families to preserve the family home and other assets.

It is also important to consider the connection between eligibility for and use of veterans benefits as it relates to eligibility for Medicaid and Medi-Cal benefits. We can help answer your questions if you are receiving veterans benefits and are also seeking Medi-Cal/Medicaid benefits.

Find answers to some common Medi-Cal FAQs.

Contact a Lawyer for California Medi-Cal Eligibility Questions

Interested in applying for Medi-Cal benefits? Do you want to preserve as many of your personal assets as possible? Please call 818-905-6088 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding California Medi-Cal eligibility.