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Health

The easiest way to apply for multiple benefits at once is to check what you are eligible for at benefitscal.com and apply online, or go to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services at 929 Koster St. in Eureka. They are open Monday to Friday, from 7:30am to 5:30pm.

Health Checklist

  • Health Insurance (MediCal)

  • Food Benefits (CalFresh)

  • CalWORKS (for families only)

  • Supplemental Security Income (for the aged, blind and disabled)

Medi-Cal

From Healthforcalifornia.com: Each state runs part of the health care program Medicaid, and Medi-Cal is the version available to qualified individuals in California. With Medicaid for California, if you qualify and apply, can help you pay for doctor’s visits, medication, dental screenings, rehabilitation, surgery, visits to the hospital and more.

Eligibility

  • 1 person – must earn under $1562 per month or $18,755 per year

  • 2 people – must earn under $2105 per month or $25,268 per year

  • Higher income limits for children and pregnant women

  • Check what plans you may be eligible for here: https://www.healthforcalifornia.com/individual-and-family-quote

  • You do not need to be over 65 to be eligible

Documents Needed

  • Social Security Number

  • Federal Tax info (you can still become eligible for Medi-Cal even if you don’t file taxes

  • Employment or income information

    • If earned income

      • One paystub

      • Copy of last year’s federal income tax

      • Signed letter from an employer showing gross amount and date of paycheck

      • If none of these methods are possible, the applicant can sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, indicating their gross monthly earned income

    • If unearned income

      • Award letter

      • Current bank statement (if applicant has direct deposit)

      • Copy of current benefit check

      • Signed statement from person or organization providing the income

  • Address

    • You may be able to use the address of a clinic, shelter, program site, or office where you receive services

    • A recent California rent or mortgage receipt or utility bill in the individual’s name

    • CA driver’s license or CA ID

    • CA motor vehicle registration

    • Document showing that the individual is employed in this state or seeking employment in this state

    • Document showing that the individual has registered with a private or public employment service in this state

    • Evidence that the individual is receiving public assistance in this state

    • Evidence of registration to vote in this state

    • A statement by the individual can be made that they intend to reside in California and have no fixed address and cannot provide any of the documents listed above, under penalty of perjury

Cost

  • The cost of Medi-Cal ranges from free to costing very little per month

How to apply

  • By phone: Request a phone call at coveredca.com/apply or call 800-300-1506

  • By mail: Request an application by calling 877-410-8809 at any time

  • In person:

    • Open Door Community Health Centers (963 Myrtle Ave, Eureka, CA). Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

    • Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (929 Koster St, Eureka, CA). Open Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm

  • Online: coveredca.com/apply

  • IF YOU ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR CALFRESH, YOU CAN APPLY FOR BOTH IN ONE APPLICATION HERE: https://benefitscal.com/ApplyForBenefits/ABOVR

After you apply

  • You will receive a letter in the mail within 45 days of submitting your application

  • This letter will explain Medi-Cal managed care and various plan choices available

  • You must submit a plan choice form to select a plan within 60 days after enrolling in Medi-Cal or a plan will be assigned to you

CalFresh

From cdss.ca.gov/calfresh: CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

Eligibility

  • 1 person - $2148 per month or $25,776 per year

  • 2 people - $2904 per month or $34,848 per year

  • 3 people - $3660 per month or $43,920 per year

  • 4 people - $4418 per month or $53,016 per year

Documents Needed

  • Identification

  • Social Security Number

  • Proof of residence (ways around this)

How to Apply

  • Benefitscal.com or getcalfresh.com

CalWORKs

CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home.

Eligibility

Documents Needed

  • Name, date of birth, and Social Security number of the individual interested in SSI.

  • Mailing address and phone number for the individual interested in SSI.

  • Your name and phone number if you are assisting another individual.

  • Optional: Email address for the individual interested in SSI

How to Apply

Social Security Disability Insurance

Eligibility

  • Meets the Social Security office's definition of disabled: Having a medical condition that's expected to last at least one year or result in death

  • Your medical condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities for at least 12 months

  • You must have worked a certain amount of years before developing a disability in order to receive benefits, Use this table from Social Security as an estimate of how many years you must have worked.

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Documents Needed

  • Your Social Security number

  • Your date and place of birth

  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you, and dates of your visits

  • Names and dosages of all the medicine you take

  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers that you already have in your possession

  • Laboratory and test results

  • A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did

  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you’re self-employed, your federal tax returns for the past year.

How to Apply

  • Apply online at secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib or call 1-800-772-1213 Mon-Fri 8am - 7pm to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office

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