Chapter 4: Financial Assistance
Section 2: Department of Human Services
Help Paying Medicare Out-of-Pocket Expenses
These programs can help low income Medicare beneficiaries:
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB): Medicare recipients with very limited income and resources may qualify to have Medicaid pay their Medicare deductibles, premiums and copayments. Presently the income limit for an individual is $851 monthly, but this figure could change. Apply at your local DHS office.
- Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB): Medicare recipients with income up to $1,021 a month (current) can qualify to have Medicaid pay their Medicare Part B premiums. Apply at local DHS offices.
- Qualifying Individual (QI-1): Pays Medicare Part B premiums for individuals with incomes up to $1,149 monthly (current), and couples to $1,265 monthly (current). Apply at local DHS offices.
- Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI) : QDWI pays recipients with incomes up to $1,702 monthly Medicare premiums and your Social Security benefit must have been stopped only because of your earned income.
To qualify for these programs you must also have very limited resources (the things you own and money you have available). Some things are not counted as resources, such as a person's home, car, furniture, some life insurance and burial plots.
Adult Abuse 800-522-3511
Child Abuse 800-522-3511
Child Support Enforcement 800-522-2922
Senior Info-Line 800-211-2116
North and West Oklahoma 800-522-1064
North and East Oklahoma 800-522-1075
Central and South Oklahoma 800-522-1086
Services and resources aimed at supporting independence and protecting quality of life for older Oklahomans.
- Adult Protective Services (APS) - Information about the program that investigates reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults, including older persons and persons with developmental disabilities.
- Adult Day Services - Program helps participants stay in the community, allowing families and other caregivers to continue caring for an impaired member at home.
- ADvantage Waiver - Provides Medicaid services to help frail elders and adults who have physical disabilities stay at home instead of going to a nursing home.
- Aging Services Division Programs and Services - Learn about the programs and services managed by this OKDHS division, download key forms or documents, view policy or find available publications.
- Area Agencies on Aging - Get information about services such as congregate and home delivered meals, health promotion, nutrition or in-home assistance for Oklahomans age 60 and older.
- Food Stamps - Also known as the "nutrition safety net of the nation," these benefits help raise nutritional levels of low-income households.
- Legal Assistance - Get legal referrals and information about assistance for elder rights, end-of-life issues and grandparents raising grandchildren legal rights.
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Serves residents in Oklahoma's long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living centers and similar adult care homes.
- Pharmacy Connection Council - Information about how you can get better access to purchase medically necessary prescription drugs.
- Oklahoma Senior Corps Program - Learn how you can volunteer to make a difference in the community, provide assistance to children with special needs, provide comfort and in-home assistance with daily living tasks to frail, homebound elderly persons.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services - Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (State Supplemental Payment)
Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) provides small monthly checks to supplement SSI or other monthly income for aged, blind or disabled individuals whose monthly income is very low. For information contact your county office of the department of Human Services (DHS) or call the statewide toll-free number 888-521-2778. The phone number for Family Support Services Division, which administers the AABD program, is 405-521-3076.
Case management for any persons with HIV infection, regardless of income. Services include resource information and coordination, advocacy and intervention.
Child Protective Services (CPS) are provided through Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) to identify, treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. The two purposes of CPS intervention are to protect the safety of children and to provide services to help families with any difficulties that cause the safety of their children to be at risk.
This program provides specialty services to children with special needs and their families. Included services are neonatal services, specialty services for children diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, formula for children with PKU, outreach clinics in rural areas and respite care services.
This division provides services to persons ages 3 and older who have a primary diagnosis of developmental disabilities (mental retardation, an IQ of 70 or below). Persons served may also have other developmental or physical disabilities in addition to developmental disabilities.
Community Waiver includes a comprehensive array of services including residential, employment and habilitation services and supports. The Community Waiver provides services appropriate to the individual's needs. To apply call the area in which you live:
- Area I - 800-522-1064 - is Oklahoma City to include areas north of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35, with offices in Enid, Okla., and Oklahoma City.
- Area II - 800-522-1075 - is the Tulsa Area to include areas to the north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35, with an office in Tulsa, Okla.
- Area III - 800-522-1086 - is Pauls Valley to include areas to the south of Interstate 40, with an office in Pauls Valley, Okla.
In-Home Supports Waivers (IHSW) allow individuals and families to select services necessary for each individual to remain in his or her own home or family home. Individuals on the IHSW are assigned to OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) case managers to assist them in locating, securing, and coordinating needed services.
Eligible children, ages 3 through 17, may receive up to $12,360 of services per year through the IHSW-Children. Eligible adults, 18 years or older, may receive up to $18,540 of services per year through the IHSW-Adult. These waivers are not cash payment programs and all services are provided through agencies contracting with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Guardianship services are available for people receiving waiver services and for people who are residents of the Resource Centers (Northern Oklahoma Resource Center at Enid, the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center at Pauls Valley, or the Robert M. Greer Center). Services include assessment of the need for a guardian, assistance in locating a family member or volunteer to serve as guardian and vouchers for attorney's fees for the establishment of a guardian.
Family Support Assistance payments - This is a cash payment program for families who are caring for children under age 18 at home. In this program, families can receive payments of $250-$400 per month depending on the number of children with disabilities in the home. Families who meet the income eligibility may choose this cash payment in lieu of the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver (HCBW) Services. This program is funded through state dollars.
Group Homes offer living arrangements for 6 to 12 people who share a home and receive up to 24 hours per day of supervision, support, and training in daily living skills. Group Home residents are 18 years of age or older and are provided community living services. Group Homes are single-family homes located in the community close to other services and activities. The home is owned or leased by a private agency. The agency receives reimbursement from OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) for supervising and supporting the residents of the home.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides cooling, energy crisis, and low cost weatherizing/other energy-related home repair assistance to low-income households to assist with winter heating bills, and to provide help for some families who have received utility cut-off notices.
The Office of Client Advocacy (OCA) provides advocacy services and helps resolve complaints about DHS services for DHS clients. OCA also provides special protection and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities who are residents of a DHS-operated facility, former residents of DHS facilities or Hissom Class Members. Ombudsmen help these individuals resolve problems related to DHS services and advocate for them in other matters. The office investigates allegations of caretaker abuses at DHS facilities and in residential placements supervised by the Department. It also maintains the Oklahoma Community Services Worker Registry, which lists Hissom Class direct care workers who are confirmed as having commited abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Providers cannot hire individuals whose names appear on this registry.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disabled Childrens Program
This program assists children from birth to age 18 who receive a Supplemental Security Income - Disability Payment (SSI) to receive assistance in getting needed equipment and services. This includes adaptive equipment and specialty formula for children from birth to age 18 and diapers from age 4 to age 18.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally-funded program for children deprived of support because of a parent's death, incapacity, absence or unemployment.
Cash assistance is available to the family on a time-limited basis through TANF. The purpose of this federal program is to provide temporary support in meeting basic needs, training leading to employment, employment services and childcare assistance for qualified families with children.