What are the rules in order for us to qualify for medical? Why do we want to be qualified for medical? Well, if you are on Medi-Cal, the government could cover MOST of your nursing home care costs and fees. And if you’re in an assisted living facility included in the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program, then those fees could be covered as well! Well, how do I qualify? Do I have to be poor? The answer is no – a huge misconception! Simply put, Medi-Cal doesn’t count certain assets –- no matter the value! For example, Medi-Cal doesn’t care.