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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am

Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness. Visit for air quality information. Visit for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit for smoke-related health information.


Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older, some people with disabilities under age 65, and people with end-stage renal disease. Medicare has two parts:

Part A (Hospital Insurance): Most people do not have to pay for Part A
Part B (Medical Insurance): Most people pay monthly for Part B

Medicare also has a Prescription Drug Program (Medicare Part D). For more information, visit the following sites:

Who is Eligible?

Generally, you are eligible for Medicare if:

  • you or your spouse worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment, and you are 65 years old and a citizen or permanent residents of the United States
  • you are under age 65 and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years or longer
  • you have End-Stage Renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant).

How Much Does It Cost?

Premiums and Deductibles

Please visit to find the current monthly premium and deductibles for Medicare Part A, B & D.

Part A:

  • Most people do not pay a monthly Part A premium because they or a spouse has 40 or more quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
  • For individuals having 30–39 quarters of Medicare-covered employment, there is a premium.

Part B:

How Do I Apply?

For more information about Medicare, call the Aging and Adult Services Information and Assistance Line at 1-800-510-2020 or visit the federal Medicare website.