Old Age Pension (OAP) provides financial assistance to residents ages 60 or older with little or no income, and may provide medical assistance
for eligible applicants.
Eligibility and the benefit amount is based upon the individual’s income and resources.
In Colorado, OAP financial benefits are accessed through a Quest Card, which works like a debit card at a grocery store checkout counter or ATM and is kept secure with a private pin number.
Types of Benefits
Financial Benefits: OAP provides financial assistance up to $699 per month. Any other income, such as Social Security benefits, Supplemental
Security Income, Veteran's Assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of OAP benefits.
Medical Benefits: Medical assistance may be available to OAP recipients, and is provided through two different programs.Colorado's OAP Health Care Program benefits may be available to residents ages 60 to 64, while Medicaid may be available for persons 65 or older.
Home Care Allowance (HCA): Home CareAllowance provides a financial allowance that must be used to purchase specific chore, personal care, and support services. HCA provides cash assistance to elderly and disabled individuals for services paid directly to a home care provider of the
client’s choice. The home care provider assists the client with their activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing,
transfers, supportive service such as money management, and appointment management. All services under the HCA program are
considered unskilled. HCA establishes eligibility for Medicaid or the Old Age Pension-Health Care Program (OAP-HCP) whenever
the recipient’s income is greater than the OAP standard, but less than the OAP plus the approved HCA.
No medical coverage is provided to ANDE recipients who are not eligible for SSI.
To receive OAP benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be 60 years of age or older;
- Be a citizen, a naturalized citizen, or an eligible legal resident of the United States;
- Meet income limit of $699; and
- Meet the resource limit of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple
Online Tool to Determine Eligibility:
Colorado PEAK at www.colorado.gov/peak is a free, easy-to-use tool that can help to determine if you may be eligible to receiveOAP, as well as apply for benefits or check the status of your current benefits.
How Do I Apply For Benefits?
There are several options available to you for filing an application for financial, medical or food assistance in Colorado.
Please review these Helpful Tips Before You Begin.
1. Online: Visit www.colorado.gov/peak to learn if you might be eligible for benefits and to apply online. (PEAK is a secure web site run by the State of Colorado,
and is available in English and Spanish.)
2. In-Person: Visit one of our Arapahoe County Human Services offices to apply at a computer kiosk. County workers are available to assist you. If you are unable to visit a County office because
of a disability, you may have another person apply and be interviewed on your behalf. You must designate that individual as
your authorized representative in writing.
3. Paper: Print an application using these links and fax, mail or deliver it in-person to one of our Arapahoe County Human Services
offices. Adobe Reader is required to view and print these applications. English Application | Spanish Solicitud de Asistencia Publica
Please contact our Customer Service hotline at (303) 636-1170 if you have questions.
Documents Needed to Apply
To determine eligibility, an application must be completed with verification of income, resources, expenses, Social Security
number(s), proof of lawful presence and a signed affidavit. An interview will determine if any further verification is required.Bring as many of the following documents as possible. Do not wait to apply if you do not have all verifications needed. You can gather needed information after your application
has been received.
Proof of age, such as
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Statement from Social Security
- Driver's License
- Picture Identification Card
- Military Discharge Papers
- Alien Registration Card
- Naturalization Papers
Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security card
- Baptismal Certificate
- Naturalization Papers
- Alien Registration Papers
Proof of Colorado residency, such as:
- Client Statement
- Rent Receipt
- Lease Agreement
- Mortgage Statement
- Voter Registration
- Utility Bill
- Phone Bill
Proof of your and your spouse's gross income, such as:
- Payroll stubs;
- Verification of social security and SSI
- Tax return
- Letter from employer
- Proof of other income or checks you receive (child support, alimony, self-employment, financial aid)
Proof of resources, such as:
- Checking/Savings/Certificate of Deposit Bank Statements
- Letter from the Bank
- Statements for investment accounts, stocks, bonds
- Vehicle Registration (vehicles, boats, motor homes, etc.)
- Letter from Broker
- Life Insurance Policy
- Letter from Life Insurance Company
- Burial Contract or Policy
- Tax Return
- Letter from County Assessor's Office
Some resources may not count toward the resource limit.
Proof of Application of Supplemental Security Income: Applicants/recipients of OAP may be required to apply for SSI benefits.
- Statement from SSA showing application has been filed and appointment kept.
For more information on Old Age Pension, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services Web site.
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