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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Disability Resources 101

Disability Resources 101 – for people new to the person with disability community

If you are new to being disabled this website is a good starting point.  It has a state by state and national search: 

InOregon: Dialing 211 from your phone will connect you withOregonstatewide social services information and referral.

If you have a specific disability you should do an internet search on organizations that serve your disability…or call 211 and ask for organizations that serve your disability.  If you are looking for general information across disability including advocacy contact:

 Independent Living Resource Center

1839 NE Couch Street 
Portland, Oregon 97232
Phone: 503-232-7411
Fax: 503-232-7480
Follow us at our Facebook page here.
General Inquiries:
Executive Director: Barry Fox-Quamme

Elders in Action

1411 SW Morrison St.
Suite 290

PH: 503-235-5474 
FAX: 503-595-759

Paying for Health Care and Prescription Drugs

Medicare Benefit:

Health insurance that helps pay for preventive care, doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs.

Who can apply: People who are 65 and older, and younger people with disabilities or kidney failure.

How to apply: Call the Social Security Administration toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 and tell the operator where you live. You can also log on to and select “Questions about Medicare.” For information about the Medicare prescription drug coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or log on to

For additional assistance, call the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA), also known as the Oregon State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), toll-free at 1-800-722-4134 or log on to

Medicare Savings Programs Benefit: Pays for some of the costs of Medicare, including the Part B premium, deductibles, and co-payments. How much you get depends on your income and assets.  Who can apply: People who get Medicare and earn around $1,239 per month for oneperson, or $1,640 per month for a married couple.

How to apply: Call your local Department of Human Services office to request an application.  For additional information or an application form, call toll-free at 1-800-273-0557(in-state only).

For additional assistance, call the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA), also known as the Oregon State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), toll-free at 1-800-722-4134 or log on to

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP) Benefit:

A state program that offers discounts (1–60%) on prescriptions. Who can apply: Oregon residents who do not have prescription drug coverage and residents with Medicare Part D. How to apply: For an application, call toll free at 1-800-913-4284 or log on to the OPDP website at

Medicaid Benefit:

Provides medical coverage for hospital care, health center and clinical services, doctor care, nurse care, lab and X-ray services and nursing homes.

Who can apply: People who are 65 or older, blind or have disabilities, few resources, or in some cases, high medical bills. To qualify, you must meet Medicaid income andasset limits. Income limits vary, depending on the size of your family and where you live. Income limits also vary based on the particular Medicaid program for which you qualify, so contact your state Medicaid office for more information.

How to apply: Contact your local Seniors and People with Disabilities office or Area Agency on Aging office. To find your local office, log on to localoffices/locations.shtml or call toll-free at 1-800-273-0557 (in-state only).

Help Buying Nutritious FoodSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Benefit: An Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a debit card, that you can use like cash to pay for food at most grocery stores and farmers markets.

Who can apply: People with limited income and resources, especially people 60 and over.

How to apply: Call Oregon SafeNet tollfree at 1-800-723-3638 or call theOregon Department of Human Services EBT Customer Service Helpline toll-free at 1-888-997-4447. Or, log on to www.oregon. gov/DHS/assistance/foodstamps/ foodstamps.shtml.   

Cash Assistance Social Security Benefit:

Monthly checks. How much you get depends on how long you have worked, how much money you earned, where you worked, and your age when you began getting benefits.

Who can apply: Workers who are 62 or older, people with disabilities, or the spouse and children of a deceased or disabled worker who paid into the Social Security program.

How to apply: You can find out if you qualify for Social Security Benefits by using the screening tool on the Social Security website ( If you qualify, you can apply for retirement benefits online at You can also make an appointment at your local Social Security Office. To find your local Social Security Office, call 1-800-772-1213 toll free and tell the operator where you live. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)Benefit: Monthly checks. Who can apply: People who are 65 and older, or people who are blind or have disabilities and have very low income and assets.

How to apply: You must make an appointment at your local Social Security office to apply. You can find your local Social Security office by calling 1-800-772-1213 toll free and telling the operator where you live. Or, you can log on to _ssi.htm

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