Medicare Resources is the official Medicare website, providing information on Medicare in general and on options available to beneficiaries, including information on finding Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans.

Medicare & You is the official government handbook on Medicare. The manual provides an overview of Medicare benefits, costs, preventive services, health plans, and prescription drug plans.

For general information on Medicare or to order Medicare booklets, contact 1-800-633-4227, TTY 877-486-2048. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and provide information about Medicare.

The Social Security Administration website has information on Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance, and an excellent FAQ.

The Kaiser Family Foundation website has excellent resources on Medicare, including guide for people with disabilities called Navigating Medicare and Medicaid.

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, elderly, and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves community-based organizations, legal services programs, the private bar, providers, and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. NHeLP has expertise in managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT), safety net programs, consumer protections, and health care rights.

Prescription Drug Discount Programs

NeedyMeds, Inc. provides information about Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) to individuals, healthcare professionals, patient advocates, social service workers and others. NeedyMeds, Inc. also assists with completing applications for PAPs.

PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine for Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and the prescriptions that are covered.

RxAssist has a database of Patient Assistance Programs, with up-to-date information on how to access assistance from nearly 100 companies and more than 700 medications.

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) provides prescription coverage for HIV related medication. ADAP can cover some or all of the cost of prescription drugs. Call the ADAP coordinator in your county to find the enrollment site in your area.

Community-Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations guide people through state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with people with any type of disability. Here are a few examples

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some Goodwill Industries centers also do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. Find locations at, or by calling (voice) 1-800-466-3945.

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving people with all disabilities. Many of these centers do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. If they don't offer benefits planning themselves, Independent Living Centers can refer you to local benefits planners. Find the list of independent living centers at, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations offering HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations provide case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include help with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.

Medicare in California

If you have questions about Medicare, call the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800-434-0222. HICAP has highly trained staff and volunteers that provide free, unbiased assistance with all types of issues affecting people with disabilities. They have offices in every California county.

California Health Advocates has an excellent website on all aspects of Medicare, including a specific section on Medicare for people with disabilities. The site has a wealth of accurate, timely, and easy-to-understand information.

The Health Consumer Alliance’s mission is to help low-income people obtain essential health care. Their excellent website has brochures in 14 languages on Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other health care topics.

Getting Help with Your Benefits

If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Planner can help you avoid problems with your job plan. If you need help or have questions about your situation, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday.

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