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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area


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.