The High Cost of a Long and Healthy Life

Many Americans are fortunate to live a long and healthy life. The downside is that this can sometimes mean outliving your retirement account. Luckily, there are many government benefits available to senior citizens.

Elderly couple
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In fact, there are so many different government programs available, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Following are all governmental programs which can help elderly California residents fund the cost of their long and healthy lives:

  1. Social Security
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  3. Social Security Disability (SSD)
  4. Medicare
  5. Medicaid
  6. Medi-Cal (Including Coverage for Nursing Homes)
  7. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
  8. Veterans Pensions and Benefits
  9. CalFresh (Food Stamps)
  10. Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  11. Prescription Drug Discount Program for Medicare Recipients
  12. Low Cost or Subsidized Housing
  13. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  14. Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP)
  15. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  16. Telephone Assistance (Lifeline)

Many of these programs require applicants to demonstrate that they meet the financial restrictions of the program. Additional information about these programs is available through California Department of Aging at (800) 735-2929 or

If you are unsure about whether you qualify for any of these programs or believe your application for any of these benefits was unfairly decided, feel free to contact us at (626) 696-3145.

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