As part of the Economic Stimulus Package, most long-term care facility residents are receiving economic stimulus checks for up to $1,200. This money will be dispersed just like your Social Security payments. This money belongs to the RESIDENT and not to the FACILITY and does not affect those receiving Medicaid benefits for their long-term care coverage.
Some facts regarding the Economic Stimulus Payment:
1. The IRS will generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019.
2. The Treasury will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries.
3. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would
normally receive their Social Security benefits.
4. Stimulus funds will not be counted as income by Medicaid or by State/County Special Assistance (SA).
5. Stimulus check funds will not count as assets by Medicaid or by SA if spent within 12-months.
For more information about the Economic Stimulus Payments, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
Attorney General, Josh Stein, has issued a Consumer Alert warning long-term care residents about signing over their stimulus checks to facilities. To see this alert, click HERE
Please click HERE to see the information that is being distributed to residents in long-term care facilities in Region R. If you or your loved one has questions or concerns regarding the economic stimulus payments, please contact the Brandi Jordan, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, at (252) 404-7086