2015 ORS § 179.620¹
Liability of person or estate for cost of care

(1) A person and the personal estate of the person, or a decedents estate, is liable for the full cost of care. Full cost of care is established according to ORS 179.701 (Determination of cost-of-care rates).

(2) While the person is liable for the full cost of care, the maximum amount a person is required to pay toward the full cost of care shall be determined according to the persons ability to pay. Ability to pay is determined as provided in ORS 179.640 (Determination of ability to pay).

(3) Upon the death of a person, the decedents estate shall be liable for any unpaid cost of care. The liability of the decedents estate is limited to the cost of care incurred on or after July 24, 1979. The decedents estate shall not include assets placed in trust for the person by other persons. Collection of any amount from a decedents estate shall be pursuant to ORS 179.740 (Collection from estates).

(4) Regardless of subsection (1) of this section and ORS 179.610 (Definitions for ORS 179.610 to 179.770) (5), assets held in trust by a trustee for a person are subject to laws generally applicable to trusts.

(5) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (3) of this section, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority may not collect the cost of care from:

(a) Any assets received by or owing to a person and the personal estate of the person, or the decedents estate, as compensation from the state for injury, death or, if the collection is being made by the Department of Corrections, the false imprisonment of the person that occurred when the person was in a state institution listed in ORS 179.321 (Responsibility to supervise state institutions) or in the Eastern Oregon Training Center and for which the state admits liability or is found liable through adjudication; and

(b) Any real or personal property of the personal estate of the person, or the decedents estate, that the person or an authorized representative of the person can demonstrate was purchased solely with assets referred to in paragraph (a) of this subsection or partially with such assets, to the extent such assets were used in the purchase. [1959 c.652 §2; 1961 c.501 §1; 1973 c.823 §§122,158; 1979 c.684 §2; 1989 c.348 §2; 1999 c.159 §1; 2001 c.487 §2; 2009 c.595 §148; 2013 c.36 §58]