Siskiyou County’s General Assistance Program was established to
assist those eligible indigent individuals and dependent poor who
have no other means to meet their basic needs for shelter and
utilities and who are actively seeking employment or are
unemployable. This program is time limited and assists recipients in
: Medi-Cal is a
public assistance program which provides health care services to
CalWORKs recipients and other qualified low-income persons. To be
eligible a person and /or family must meet certain eligibility
requirements. These requirements include: age, deprivation,
disability and pregnancy. Medi-Cal has many sub-categories within
Services Program: County Medical Services
Program, also known as CMSP, provides medical coverage to those
individuals who do not meet the criteria for Medi-Cal.
This insurance program is provided by the State for a minimal
fee to families who do not qualify for Medi–Cal with a zero
share-of-cost, but whose income and property levels fall within
the set limits. There are monthly premiums and co-pays with this
program. Applications and information about this program are
available at any of our offices.
Food Stamps Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where are my Food Stamps?
Food Stamp benefits are electronically issued to your
personal Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
card. Benefits are
available to you during the first ten days of the month, as long as
you have turned in
your paperwork on time.
2. My EBT Card is lost or stolen. Can I get another one?
Yes, contact Citicorp at 1-877-328-9677, 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week to report a lost or stolen
EBT card. A new EBT card will be
issued to you. Or you may contact your worker for a replacement.
3. Can I use the EBT card at a grocery store in another state?
Yes, Food Stamps are a Federal program. Most stores accept the EBT
card, but if in doubt, ask the
4. My sister and her children moved in/out. Do I need to tell my
Yes, you must report any changes to your household to your worker as
soon as possible. This may
affect your benefits.
5. What kinds of things can I buy with my food stamps?
Food Stamps can buy food for human consumption and seeds and plants
that produce foods for the
household to eat. Food Stamps cannot buy:
any non-food item, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products,
household supplies; alcoholic beverages and tobacco; vitamins and
medicines; any food that will be
eaten in the store; hot foods that
are ready to eat; and any food marketed to be heated in the store.
General Assistance Frequently Asked
1. When will I get my check?
Checks are mailed on the last day of the month, if you had
all your paperwork turned into your worker
2. I don't have a photo ID. What do I do?
You can have your check stamped by the main office, and you need to
get a photo ID as soon as possible.
3. My neighbor receives GA but doesn't attend Job Connection or job
search. Why do I?
Every case is different and may have different requirements .
4. How can you ask me to look for work when I have no money? Can you
help me out with clothing
Contact your worker for information.
MediCal/CMSP Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I have other health insurance
coverage and still be eligible for Medi-Cal or CMSP?
Yes, your other coverage will be billed first, and
Medi-Cal/CMSP will then serve as a secondary coverage.
2. Will I be responsible to pay
anything toward my medical care?
Depending upon your income level, you may be responsible for
paying a portion of your medical
care - called a “share of cost”, as
well as any required co-payments to the provider.
What do I do when providers do not credit us, husband and wife, for
the family share of cost
when my husband has CMSP and I have
Unfortunately, providers are supposed to use the lowest amount
family share of cost; however, frequently
providers use the share of
cost for each person. This is a provider error and one the county is
correct or do anything about. You must ask your provider
to correct the error.
4. How do I get last month's medical bills paid?
You can request retroactive coverage for Medi-Cal. There is no
retroactive benefits for the CMSP Program.
Medi-Cal can be used for
prior medical bills up to 90 days old, just take your BIC card into
provider for billing.
5. Why do I have to go through Family Support in order to be eligible
The County is required to verify whether or not the absent parent
has insurance coverage for the children
only. Medi-Cal is not
attempting to establish child support for the children.
More information about these programs is available
at: California Department of
to Employment & Temporary Assistance