Making the Most of Your Medicare + Medi-Cal
Californians with both Medicare + Medi-Cal have many choices when it comes to their health care coverage. But some may be unaware of what is available.
All the choices described on My Care, My Choice can help you figure out how to get the most out of your coverage.
- Some choices COMBINE your Medicare and Medi-Cal into one health planA group of doctors, specialists, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and long-term services and supports providers that work together to meet your needs (also called a managed care plan).
Full Definition > . Instead of two programs, you have just one card to carry and one phone number to call for help. Plus, you usually have a helper whose job is to get you the care you need.
- Other choices are health plans or groups of providers that work together to make it easier for you to get serivces through Medicare. These choices may also help you with Medi-Cal benefits.
Here are examples of services you can get through some of these health care coverage options, to make the most of your Medicare + Medi-Cal:
Help setting up doctor visits
Help setting up transportationPayment of medically necessary transportation. This can include ambulance, wheelchair van, taxi, ride-share service, or public transportation.
Full Definition > to medical visits, or to pick up your prescriptions
Extra help so you can live independently at home instead of in a nursing facility (like help with bathing, dressing, and meals)
Help making sure your doctors know about all the care and services you are getting—so you don’t have to repeat lab tests or other procedures
Help moving out of a nursing facility, hospital, and other settings and back into your home