Old Age Pension

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Since 1937, the Colorado Constitution has insured Colorado residents' basic retirement income and health coverage. The Old Age Pension (OAP) program provides assistance and health care benefits for low-income adults aged 60 or older.

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Medical Benefits

All Old Age Pension recipients qualify for medical coverage of:

  • Inpatient hospital services
  • Outpatient hospital services
  • Home health care
  • Laboratory and x-ray services
  • Physician services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Medical transportation
  • Dental care (limited to surgical procedures)
  • Medical supplies and durable equipment
  • Some Old Age Pension recipients may also qualify for nursing home care, community care, inpatient psychiatric care, Adult Foster Care, or a Home Care Allowance
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Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for OAP you must:

  1. Be aged 60 or older.
  2. Have a gross monthly income below the established program income limits. If you receive Home Care Allowance, this amount may be larger.*
  3. Have resources below $200 (couple resources below $300).**
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or be eligible under requirements for aliens.
  5. Be a resident of Colorado.

Notes:

  • *Income is anything that can be used to purchase food, clothing, or shelter. Some examples include wages, social security, pensions, child support and unemployment benefits, and spouse's income.
  • **Resources are any money that remains unspent from a prior month. Some examples include cash checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, some insurance policies, and secondary property.
  • The home, a car, personal belongings, household goods, some burial policies, and some life insurance policies are EXEMPT. They are not counted as part of your resources. However, a Medicaid lien may be filed on property to be collected after death.
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How to Apply

To apply for OAP, you must complete an application packet. Please call (719) 383-3100 if you would like a packet mailed to you. Applications cannot be processed until all forms within the packet are completed and returned to our office. You can expect the processing of a new application to take up to 45 days.

You will need several documents to verify the information and you may need to come in for a face-to-face interview. If you do not have all of your required paperwork in order before the interview, you can gather it after.

  Colorado Application for Public Assistance- English

  Colorado Solicitud de asistencia publica