About 746,000 residents in L.A. are considered older adults (age 60 and over). Access to food is so critical, especially for our elderly neighbors who depend on City-provided meals to survive each week. Expanding the number of meals served and the people who get them will help keep this vulnerable population healthy during the crisis.
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If you are 65 or older, you are eligible for Medicare, which covers many costs associated with COVID-19, including:
- Lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
- All medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
- A vaccine for COVID-19, if and when one becomes available, will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).
Medicare Advantage Plan
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests.
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the current Public Health Emergency. During this time, you will be able to receive a specific set of services through telehealth including evaluation and management visits (common office visits), mental health counseling and preventive health screenings without a copayment if you have Original Medicare. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.
Department of Aging Meal Program
The City’s Department of Aging is distributing packaged and frozen meals for older adults enrolled in its meal program.
If you are a senior already enrolled in the program and would like to find out who your meal provider is, call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance. To enroll in the program, call the Department of Aging at (213) 482-7252. Phone lines are open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Emergency Senior Meals Response
The City recently launched its Emergency Senior Meals Response initiative, a partnership with Everytable and Access Services, that will provide meals to thousands of qualifying seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. To sign up or learn more, call the Response Hotline at (213) 263-5226, Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.