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When You Go on Medicare, Your OHP Benefits Change or End.

As soon as you know you are or will be on Medicare, ask your local Aging and People with Disabilities or Area Agency on Aging for help. They will help you with this change.

  • Most OHP members with Medicare have the OHP with Limited Drug benefit. This covers the same benefits as OHP Plus, except for drugs that Medicare Part D covers.
  • Some members may no longer qualify for OHP. For example, Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) will only get an Oregon Health ID card so that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) can pay for Medicare cost-sharing.
  • QMB members with OHP have the QMB + OHP with Limited Drug benefit. This means they still have OHP, and OHA pays for Medicare cost-sharing.

Do You Have Medicare and OHP?

Medicare acts as the member’s main health coverage. If you have both Medicare and OHP: 

  • OHP can help pay for things like Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance.
  • OHP also covers things Medicare does not, such as rides to appointments and dental care.

OHP and Medicare benefits can work together. Your medical, dental, and mental health benefits can be covered by one plan called a coordinated care organization (CCO). Read the OHP and Medicare brochure to learn more.

If you get Medicare while you have OHP, your CCO will not change. 

Medicare Advantage Plans and OHP

Ask your CCO about Medicare Advantage plans. 

  • Medicare Advantage plans work with your CCO to align your OHP and Medicare benefits.
  • They sometimes cover more benefits than traditional Medicare, such as vision or dental care.  
  • Medicare Dual Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) are Medicare Advantage plans that work closely with your OHP benefits. D-SNPs are available in many areas of Oregon. 

Not in a CCO? Ask your local Oregon Department of Human Services office for help

Frequently Asked Questions

The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is Oregon's Medicaid program. There are several health care programs available for low-income Oregonians through OHP.

  • OHP Plus for children ages 0-18 and adults ages 19-64
  • OHP Plus Supplemental for pregnant adults age 21 or older
  • OHP with Limited Drug for adults who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare Part D

Other medical programs available include OHP Dental (dental-only benefits for Oregon Veterans and Compact of Free Association citizens), and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary.​

​Medicare is health insurance for:

  • People 65 or older, 
  • Some people under 65 with disabilities, and 
  • People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease.​

A CCO is a health plan in your area that helps you use OHP. CCOs make sure you can get the care you need from providers you know and trust. Medicare plans can work together with CCOs to give you better care.

​Most areas of the state only have one CCO. If you live in an area with more than one CCO, you can ask to switch.

​No. American Indian or Alaska Natives do not have to be in a CCO. If you do not want a CCO to cover your OHP, you can call 1-800-273-0557 and tell us.​

​If you have questions, please contact your local office. You can find you local office on the Oregon Department of Human Services website​.


Member Resources

OHP contacts

Words to know

Need Medicare Help?

Aging and Disability Resource Connection: 855-673-2372

Local Aging and People with Disabilities offices

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA): 800-722-4134