Resources

Fact Sheets

Available via an annual subscription, our 34 fact sheets cover 9 different Medicare and other health insurance topics. Those fact sheets pertaining to Medicare for People with Disabilities include:

  • Medicare and People With Disabilities: An Overview (I-001)
  • Medicare and People with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (I-002)
  • Low-Income Assistance: Medi-Cal (for People with Medicare) (E-002)

Websites & Other Resources

California Department of Health Care Services
1-800-952-5253 Information on eligibility and services included in state health programs, such as Medi-Cal.
California Disability Alliance (CDA)
Statewide, grass-roots organization working on health care legislation that promotes and protects the rights of people with disabilities.
California Disability Community Action Network (CD-CAN)
Sacramento: 916-446-0013 Provides information on state and local public policy issues. A nonpartisan link to thousands of Californians with developmental and other disabilities, people with traumatic brain injuries, the Blind, the Deaf, their families, community organizations and providers, direct care, home care and other workers, and other advocates.
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
Sacramento: 916-325-1690 Information about independent living centers; advocacy for access and integration for people with disabilities.
California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP)
1-800-289-6574 A health insurance program for Californians who are unable to obtain individual coverage, such as people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
California Medicare News
Variety of current articles on Medicare-related topics. You can subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email on the right side of our blog page. You will get a confirmation email in your inbox. Make sure to click the link confirming your subscription to activate it.
California’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (CalABLE) Program
This program allows qualified people with a disability to establish a tax-advantaged savings account and save up to $15,000 a year with a max of $100,000 without losing critical public benefits, such as SSI or SSDI. Contributions can be made by family members, friends and/or the individual themselves. Also, earnings in these accounts are not subject to federal or California state income tax, as long as they are spent on qualified disability expenses. See calable.ca.gov for more information.
DisabilityInfo.gov – Directory on U.S. Federal Disability Programs
An online resource for people with disabilities that includes program information on employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, technology, independent living and civil rights.
Disability Benefits 101
A comprehensive site that provides rules for health coverage, disability benefits and employment programs for people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
510-665-8644 A nonprofit law firm that works to protect and advance the civil rights of people with disabilities. DRA does not charge clients for its services, such as advocating for disability rights through high-impact litigation, as well as research and education.
Disability Rights California
1-800-776-5746 Legal representation and advocacy for people with disabilities.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
1-800-434-0222 Free counseling about Medicare, Medigap policies, Medicare Advantage (formerly known as Medicare+Choice) plans, filing an appeal and long-term care insurance.
Independent Living Services of Northern California
1-800-464-8527 Provides referral services and information about assistive technology, peer advising, on-site evaluation for compliance with Title 24 of the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Guidelines (ADAAG), housing and community resources lists, advocacy and independent-living skills training.
Medi-Cal
Information on eligibility, application process and services offered through the state’s Medicaid program. Provides a listing of California’s county social services offices.
National Council on Disability (NCD)
Washington, DC: 202-272-2004 NCD is an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the president and congress, and promotes policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
Social Security Administration (SSA)
1-800-772-1213 Covers Medicare eligibility, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security benefits, change of address for Medicare and Social Security, and lost Medicare card replacements.
World Institute on Disability (WID)
510-763-4100 A nonprofit research, training and public policy center that promotes the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. Website contains Disability Benefits 101.

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