ORS 445.130¹
Effect of liability of third person or commencement of legal action on settlement of claim

For the purposes of claims under ORS 445.110 (Hospital claims) and 445.120 (Filing of claims generally), an indigent patient who is not otherwise able to pay the charges for care supplied shall not be deemed to be able to pay them because a third person might be held liable in an action to recover damages on account of the motor vehicle injury, if an action has not been commenced. If an action has been commenced, the claim shall show that fact. In that event the Department of Human Services may suspend the determination of the claim until the action has been terminated and from time to time require the claimant to supply such further information and data in respect of the action as the department may deem necessary in order to determine the ultimate ability of the patient to pay the charges for which the claim is filed. [Amended by 1985 c.279 §8]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 445—Indigent Persons Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­445.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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