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Information On Medicare, Social Security and Other Benefits

Social Security Administration 
Apply online for disability, retirement or Medicare benefits. 1-800-772-1213


This is the official government website for Medicare and it allows you to apply for Medicare online and find information and answers to frequently asked questions. 1-800-633-4227. Note: SSDI beneficiaries diagnosed with ALS do not have to complete the 24-month Medicare waiting period. Find more details on the Social Security website.

California Health Advocates
Provides information about how to qualify for Medicare if you have a disability as well as other benefits programs and insurance options you can use with Medicare if you have a disability.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) 
Part of California Health Advocates, HICAP provides free information and counseling on issues related to Medicare. 1-800-434-0222 (local San Diego office: 858-565-8772)

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to veterans diagnosed with ALS.

Help with Prescription Drug Coverage

My Medicare Matters
Sponsored by the National Council on Aging, this nonprofit organization offers education and information on Medicare prescription drug coverage.

This online tool, provided by the National Council on Aging, allows you to search for private and public programs that can help you pay for prescription drugs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance 
This program helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get medicines they need for free or at lower costs. 1-888-477-2669