Medicare is different from Medicaid. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for persons age 65 and older, and to some persons of all ages who have a disability. The Medicare Premium Assistance Program (MPAP) is a program for Medicare consumers whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid. This program helps people eligible for Medicare who have limited income and assets get help in paying the cost of one or more of the following:

  • Medicare premium(s)
  • Medicare deductibles
  • Medicare coinsurance

No face-to-face interview is needed to apply for the Medicare Premium Assistance Program. Consumers may call 1-800-324-8680 for an application or apply through Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

To Qualify for the Medicare Premium Assistance Program, Applicants Must:

  • Be eligible for Medicare;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements;
  • Be an Ohio resident;
  • Have or get a social security number; and
  • Meet certain financial requirements

When applying for MPAP, proof of income, resources, age or disability, citizenship (if not a U.S. citizen) and other health insurance is required. No face-to-face interview with the local county department of job and family services is necessary. Applicants can ask an authorized representative to apply on their behalf.

Federal Medicare Information

HCJFS 7800 (REV. 6-08)