ORS 411.704¹
Definitions for ORS 411.141, 411.706 and 411.708

As used in this section and ORS 411.141 (Authorized expenditures by department for public assistance and OSIP medical assistance), 411.706 (Oregon Supplemental Income Program) and 411.708 (Recovery of supplemental income program assistance from certain estates):

(1) “Assistance” means:

(a) Cash payments or noncash benefits provided under ORS 411.706 (Oregon Supplemental Income Program) to or on behalf of a needy person who is a resident of this state and who is blind, has a disability or is 65 years of age or older; or

(b) Special need allowances for one-time or ongoing needs.

(2) “Blind” means having:

(a) Visual acuity with corrective lenses that does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye, or vision in the better eye that is restricted to a field that subtends an angle of not greater than 20 degrees; or

(b) An equivalent visual impairment, as determined by the Department of Human Services after examination by:

(A) An ophthalmologist licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Oregon or in another state or territory of the United States having qualifications substantially similar to those of the State of Oregon; or

(B) An optometrist licensed and practicing in Oregon or in another state or territory of the United States having qualifications substantially similar to those of the State of Oregon.

(3) “Disability” means a physical or mental impairment that:

(a) Is likely to continue without substantial improvement for no less than 12 months or to result in death; and

(b) Prevents performance of substantially all the ordinary duties of occupations in which a person not having the physical or mental impairment is capable of engaging, having due regard to the training, experience and circumstances of the individual with the physical or mental impairment.

(4)(a) “Income” means net income in cash or in kind available to the applicant or recipient, the receipt of which is regular and predictable enough to afford security in the sense that the applicant or recipient may rely upon it to contribute toward meeting the needs of the applicant or recipient.

(b) “Income” does not include:

(A) Earnings or other income that may be exempted in compliance with federal laws and regulations; or

(B) Premiums on life insurance policies, whether paid by the applicant, recipient or other person.

(5) “Recipient” means a person who is receiving assistance provided by the Oregon Supplemental Income Program.

(6) “Resources” means an asset that may be applied toward meeting the needs of the applicant or recipient, including real and personal property holdings contributing to the maintenance of the applicant or recipient or representing investments or savings that may be drawn upon for maintenance purposes. [2005 c.381 §2; 2007 c.70 §187; 2009 c.849 §1]

Chapter 411

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Public Welfare Division records showing cost of medical services to welfare recipients as public records, (1972) Vol 35, p 1143

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 411—Public Assistance and Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors411.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 411, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano411.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information