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Long Term Care

Long-Term Care Medi-Cal pays for care received in a hospital or nursing facility which lasts or is expected to last at least one full calendar month after the month of admission. If you reside in a nursing home (also known as long-term care facility) or need nursing home care, Medi-Cal could pay for all or part of the care and services you receive.

Covered Services
  • Nursing Home and Convalescent Care
  • Comprehensive Preventive Care
  • Primary and Specialty Care
  • Office Visits
  • Vision and Dental Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription Medicines


Basic Eligibility Requirements
  • You must reside in California.
  • You must provide verification of income and any other  necessary information if requested.
  • Starting January 1, 2024, assets such as bank accounts, a second vehicle, and homes, are no longer counted when determining LTC eligibility.  However, individuals applying for LTC services may be required to provide asset verification if, within the past 30 months, assets were transferred for an amount less than the fair market value.

Additional information on Property limitations

  • You must be receiving or expected to receive care for at least 30 days after the month of admission in a:
    • Hospital
    • Skilled Nursing Facility
    • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF)
    • Convalescent Home
Income Requirements

Single Person:  

There is no income limit, but most of your income will be used to pay the nursing facility where you reside.

Married Persons or RDP:

Special rules may apply that allow the spouse/RDP at home to keep additional income that belongs to the person in Long-Term Care

Estate Recovery

Estate Recovery applies to individuals who receive Long-Term Care

Click Estate Recovery Program for more information.

Citizenship/Immigration Requirements

As of January 1, 2024, a new law in California gives full Medi-Cal to all Californians who qualify for Medi-Cal.  Unlike before, immigration status does not matter. This new law means that all California residents who qualify for Medi-Cal will receive full Medi-Cal benefits, including long-term care services, bringing us closer to a Healthy California for All.

Renewal Requirements

Your Medi-Cal eligibility must be reviewed at least once a year.  

Apply On-Line with BenefitsCal

The easiest and quickest way is to apply online at BenefitsCal.

Apply By Phone
You can apply by phone. Call the Customer Service Center (CSC) (866) 613-3777 to have an application mailed to you.

Apply In Person
You can apply In person at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.

Applicants for Long-Term Care must answer “Yes” to the question “Do you need help with long-term care or home and community-based services?” on the application.  

If you are residing in a Nursing Facility: Applications are available at most Nursing Homes throughout  Los Angeles County.

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