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Medical Coverage
Published on: 3/13/2012 12:00 AM

Medical Coverage 

Medical Coverage is available for individuals and families through programs including Medi-Cal, Medicare Premium Payment assistance, and the County Medical Services Program (CMSP). 


Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for individuals, families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and persons with specific illnesses such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.  Medi-Cal is financed equally by the State and Federal government. 

Medicare Premium Payment Programs:

Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure.  If you receive Medicare and are also receiving no cost Medi-Cal benefits, the state will automatically pay for your Medicare part B premium.  This will help to put those funds back into your own pocket.  If you are receiving Medicare, but are not receiving no cost Medi-Cal, there are several Medicare Premium Payment Programs (MPPP) that you may qualify for to help you pay for your Medicare part A and B premiums and other costs.

County Medical Services Program (CMSP):

County Medical Services Program (CMSP) is Nevada County's public health insurance program which provides health care services for adults not eligible for Medi-Cal.   Adults must meet income and asset tests to access the program. CMSP is financed by the County government in cooperation with other smaller, rural counties.


How to Apply:

You can start an application for medical coverage online at the C4Yourself Website
Use the general application form if applying for more than one program (example CalWORKs, CalFresh and Medi-Cal or CMSP) or use the Application for Health Insurance form when applying for medical insurance only. Access the County Program Verification List.pdf for items you may need to provide to support your application. 
You can apply for Medi-Cal or CMSP through the Truckee or Nevada City officesYou can print out a form from the Website links below, complete and mail it in, call the one of the offices and have an application packet mailed to you, or visit an office to apply.  E-mail us with questions or for more information.
Benefit Status:
A notice of action is mailed to you when your application is approved or denied.  You can call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System at (877) 410-8825, the worker or team of workers assigned to your case to check the status of your application. 
Sometimes an applicant or recipient doesn't agree with an action that a county worker takes regarding their benefits.  If you disagree with an action taken regarding your benefits, you can file for a fair hearing
Finding a Provider
Not all medical professionals accept Medi-Cal and/or CMSP in payment.  To find a clinic, hospital, doctor or other medical provider that does accept Medi-Cal and/or CMSP, either access www.dial211.com or  dial 2-1-1 on your telephone, or click on the California Department of Health Care Locator Service.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Answers to many of the questions you have regarding Medi-Cal and/or CMSP may be answered at the following Websites:
​​​​Fraud is an intentional attempt to receive unauthorized public assistance payments or benefits. For more information, see the Public Assistance Fraud page.
Sara Connor
Program Manager
Public Assistance

950 Maidu Avenue Suite 120
Nevada City, Ca 95959
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.265.1340
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