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State Assistance for People with Disabilities

The State of Oregon offers many types of benefits and assistance for people with disabilities. Even if you have not been approved for federal disability benefits there are state benefits to help manage your day to day and medical needs. These are some of the services offered by Oregon Department of Human Services for People with Disabilities.

For more information visit: https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities

Special Needs Circumstances

  • Community-based care: You may be eligible for payment for room and board during the month of admission at the initial placement. Room and board payments may be paid to the community-based facility during the temporary absence.

  • Special diet: You may be eligible for an ongoing payment for a special diet will be allowed if need has been established by a physician and the recipient would be in an imminent life-threatening situation without the diet.

  • Restaurant meals: You may be eligible for ongoing payments to recipients living in their own home who are unable to prepare their own meals.

  • Laundry allowances: Recipients are eligible for an ongoing laundry allowance if they have excessive costs for coin-operated laundry facilities.

  • Telephone allowances: Telephone allowances may be provided when the recipient is unable to leave their residence without assistance due to a documented medical condition.

  • Food for guide dogs and special assistive animals: Payment for food will be made for trained guide dogs or special assistive animals.

  • Home repairs: The repairs must be needed to remove a physical hazard to the health and safety of the recipient.

  • Property taxes: Recipients who are homeowners or homebuyers are allowed a special need of one year of delinquent real property taxes, penalties, and interest if needed to prevent imminent foreclosure.

  • Moving costs: The Department will authorize payment for the cost of moving a recipient's household effects if moving is essential to provide nonhazardous housing, the recipient has been evicted for reasons other than his or her own neglect, or the move is a result of domestic violence.

  • Accommodation allowance: A temporary accommodation allowance may be authorized when the recipient leaves his or her home or rental property and enters a hospital, state psychiatric institution, nursing facility, or community-based care facility. Additionally, a recipient may receive an accommodation allowance if the recipient's shelter cost exceeds the shelter standard and the recipient has a documented increase in costs.

  • Prescription co-pay coverage: An individual who pays $10 or more per month for prescription co-pays may qualify for this payment.

  • Emergency assistance: An individual who lacks sufficient income for basic needs such as food, housing or shelter may be authorized temporary payments in certain situations if the individual experiences an unexpected cost, loss of income or resources.

  • Transportation services: An individual who incurs a cost for transportation services that are not covered by another source (such as their medical insurance or waived service plans) may qualify for this payment. These payments are for transportation services to non-medical activities. Transportation services do not include purchase of vehicle, vehicle maintenance or repair, reimbursement for travel expenses or mileage, or transportation services that may be obtained through other means. The maximum payment is $50 per month.

  • Spousal facility allowance: Spouses who each receive SSI and services in a community-based care facility are eligible for a payment that equals the difference between the OSIPM standard for a one-person need group and the individual's total countable income. If one spouse has income above the OSIPM standard, the excess income is applied to the other spouse's countable income.

Medical Programs in Oregon DHS

  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). MAGI is a program run by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). MAGI helps low-income people in Oregon with health insurance. MAGI medical benefits can cover working families, children, pregnant women, single adults, and more. People on MAGI can get long-term care services if they qualify.

  • Medical Benefits for the Aged, Blind or Disabled. Oregon has medical benefits for people who are age 65 and older, are blind, or have a disability. These medical benefits are run by Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). People on this kind of medical can also get long-term care services if they qualify. Working adults with disabilities or who are blind can also get medical benefits under this program. For information on eligibility, visit the Oregon Programs Eligibility Notebook (OPEN)​​.

  • Medicare. Medicare is the national health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some people under age 65 with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), which is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. For more information, visit Medicare online. If you currently have Medicare, you may qualify for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries Program​ and receive help with your Medicare co-pays and premiums.

  • Medicare Savings Programs: Medicare Savings Programs help low-income people who get Medicare meet the costs of Medicare. Costs include premiums, co-pays and deductibles. The help a person gets depends on how much income they have.

  • Prescription Drug Assistance. Oregon Prescription Drug Assistance Program - This discount prescription card program is open to all Oregonians of any age and income level​. Visit: Needymeds.com.

This information was collected from the Oregon Department of Human Services.


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