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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.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is 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 COVID-19. 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.

Find information about the State of California’s programs to assist seniors here.

Resources from the City’s Department of Aging.