Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Rule Rule 461-135-0880
OSIPM and QMB Programs; COVID-19


The provisions in this rule apply to the OSIPM and QMB programs.
(1) The Department amends the following rules or rule sections regarding the OSIPM and QMB programs.
(a) OAR 461-115-0700 (Required Verification; GA, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB),
(b) OAR 461-175-0704,
(c) OAR 461-180-0030 (Effective Dates; Changes in Income or Income Deductions that Cause Reductions), and
(d) OAR 461-180-0120 (Effective Dates; Removing an Individual)(1), (2), and (3)(b).
(2) Notwithstanding OAR 461-180-0030 (Effective Dates; Changes in Income or Income Deductions that Cause Reductions) and OAR 461-180-0120 (Effective Dates; Removing an Individual)(1), (2), and (3)(b), the Department shall suspend the effective date for all actions that reduce or close OSIPM or QMB program benefits, except for:
(a) Program closures when an individual:
(A) Passes away,
(B) Is confirmed to have moved out of state,
(C) Requests a voluntary closure,
(D) In the QMB programs, is no longer eligible for Medicare,
(E) Is approved for a one-time cash payment, such as a special needs payment for home repairs,
(F) Is no longer eligible for an ongoing special needs payment, or
(G) Is approved for benefits due to an administrative error (see OAR 461-195-0501 (Definitions and Categories of Overpayments)) or obtained benefits through convicted fraud or abuse by the individual.
(b) Benefit reductions when an individual
(A) Requests a voluntary reduction.
(B) Is no longer eligible for the same level or amount of a special needs payment.
(c) Increases to client liability when restoring previous liability.
(d) Benefit suspension when an individual becomes a resident of a correctional facility under OAR 461-135-0950 (Eligibility for Inmates and Residents of Public Institutions).
(3) Notwithstanding OAR 461-115-0700 (Required Verification; GA, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB), the Department will accept self-attestation (see OAR 461-115-0700 (Required Verification; GA, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB)(2)(b)) to verify all eligibility criteria, except US citizenship, US national, and non-US citizen status.
(4) Notwithstanding OAR 461-115-0704 (Required Verification of Citizenship and Alien Status; OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB)(10), if the Department cannot promptly verify US citizenship, US national, or qualified non-US citizen status; the Department extends the reasonable opportunity period to 180 days from the date the notice is received.
(5) The provisions of this rule shall end on the last day of the month in which the public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act based on an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) is lifted.
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