The Oregon Helps Web site can tell you whether your family might be able to get help from various state and federal assistance programs, including medical assistance.
Medical assistance (Medicaid)
- Oregon Health Plan - The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) offers health care to its members at little or no cost. The program covers a wide range of medical benefits and services such as doctor's visits, prescription drugs and other medically necessary services and supplies. You must have been without private health insurance for at least the last 6 months. You will not qualify for OHP if you have Medicare, unless you are pregnant. You also must meet one of the following:
- Be less than 19 years of age;
- Be pregnant; or
- Have been selected from the reservation list. Beginning in March, 2008, the state will randomly select 2,000 people per month for 12 months.
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries - The Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) program helps people who have Medicare pay for their co-pays and premium
- Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medicaid - OSIPM covers a wide range of medical benefits and services such as doctor's visits, prescription drugs and other medically necessary services and supplies. Once you are eligible for OSIPM, you may also be eligible for services such as in-home care, adult foster homes, residential care, assisted living, nursing home care and cash for special needs. The program provides medical benefits to:
- People with disabilities (physical or mental disabilities).
- Those who are legally blind.
- Those older than age 65.
To apply for these benefits, please contact the local office in your area.
Proof you may be asked to provide when applying:
- Identity for each person
- Gross income for each person
- Life insurance policy
- Medical bills
- Housing/utility costs
- Health insurance identification and premium
- Alien status for any person who is not a U.S. Citizen
You will be asked to complete an application. You may be able to complete a shorter application. You can download the application but it is best to contact your local office before you begin filling out the application.
Medicare is the national health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some people under age 65 with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), which is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. For more information, visit Medicare on-line.
If you currently have Medicare, you may qualify for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries Program and receive help with your Medicare co-pays and premiums.
Prescription drug assistance