Oregon Disability Benefits: Social Security Filing and Insurance Options
Find out about Oregon's state supplemental payments, plus how to appeal a denial of Social Security disability or SSI and whether you qualify for Medicaid.
If you are a resident of Oregon seeking to apply for SSI or SSDI, you can contact the Social Security field office nearest you, or you can call Social Security at 800-772-1213. You can also start your application online. If you are applying for SSI, you must have a phone or in-person appointment to complete your application.
Disability Evaluation in Oregon
Once Social Security determines that an Oregonian meets the basic eligibility criteria for either SSI or SSDI, the agency sends the claimant’s file to Oregon’s Disability Determination Services (DDS). Claims examiners who work at DDS review the medical information in the claimant’s file and decide whether the claimant has a condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.
DDS has just one office in Oregon. Its address is 3150 Lancaster Drive, NE, Salem, Oregon 97305-1350. Its telephone number is 800-452-2147.
Disability Appeals in Oregon
If your initial claim is denied, the next step in Oregon is to seek reconsideration from the DDS. If your request for reconsideration is denied, then the next step is to ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). ALJ hearings are administered through Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
In Oregon, ODAR has offices in Eugene and Portland. The Portland ODAR office is located at Robert Duncan Plaza, 4th Floor, 333 SW 1ST Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, and its telephone number is (866) 964-6291. It serves claimants living in the areas around Astoria, Beaverton, La Grande, Portland Downtown, Portland East, Portland South, The Dalles, and Salem.
The Eugene office serves most of the rest of the claimants in the state. It is located at Suite 201, 211 E. 7th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97401, and its telephone number is (866) 964-7044. Claimants who live near the Pendleton field office use the ODAR office in Spokane, Washington, and claimants living near the Ontario filed office use the ODAR office in Boise, Idaho.
You can locate an attorney to handle your disability appeal in Oregon by using our disability attorney locator tool.
Additional Assistance for SSI Recipients in Oregon
Oregon has a program that pays certain expenses for some disabled adults. It is different than the SSI state supplement in some states, and not all SSI recipients will receive a supplementary payment to the federal SSI check.
The State of Oregon offers the additional funds through a program called the Oregon Supplemental Income Program – Medical (OSIPM). Adults who are blind, elderly (65 or over), or disabled can qualify for medical coverage through the program. Individuals who receive SSI are automatically qualified for OSIPM. Applicants for OSIPM who do not receive SSI must show that they have limited income and few assets.
Oregon uses Social Security’s disability criteria to decide whether an applicant is disabled for OSIPM purposes. In addition to medical coverage, individuals who qualify for OSIPM can also receive cash payments to help them with certain one-time or ongoing expenses, like transportation costs to medical appointments, food for service animals, property tax payments to avoid foreclosure, and some home repairs and moving expenses. Oregon’s Department of Seniors and People with Disabilities administers the OSIPM program and is the agency that approves payments for these special needs.
To apply for OSIPM or a special needs allowance, visit your local office of Oregon’s Department of Seniors and People with Disabilities or the Seniors and People With Disabilities website or call the agency at 800-282-8096.