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Seniors paying for medical expenses may soon be eligible for more help from Cal Fresh

Author: Social Services
Date: 9/19/2017 9:27:35 AM

Beginning October 1st, changes to the CalFresh Program may help Seniors over 60 and disabled individuals who are dealing with medical costs.

If you are paying more than $35.00 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, a new medical deduction from Cal Fresh may increase your monthly Cal Fresh benefit starting October 1st.     If you, or someone in your household is over the age of 60 and receiving one of the disability programs listed below, you can likely receive higher CalFresh benefits.

In addition to being over 60, the recipient must:

-receive SSA disability of blindness payments -receive other government retirement benefits because of permanent disability.
-be a veteran determined totally disabled or being paid as totally disabled by VA -receive VA benefits as a permanently disabled surviving spouse or child of deceased veteran -receive regular VA Aid and Attendance benefits -receive railroad retirement benefits and eligible to Medicare or has been determined disabled 

It is important to keep receipts, bills, bank statements and other paperwork to provide verification of your out-of-pocket medical expenses to qualify to the increased CalFresh benefits.    Be sure to also keep track of mileage to and from doctor’s offices and other medical appointments.   

To apply, or for more information, visit the MyBenefits CalWIN site.    Or you can call:   1-800-834-3002


CalFresh for Seniors

Medical Deduction