Attorney General Tong Urges Public to Report COVID19 Stimulus Payments Seized by Nursing Homes
(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today urged residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care homes and their families to report any instances of improperly seized COVID-19 stimulus payments.
Reports have surfaced nationwide that some Medicaid-funded assisted nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care homes have improperly seized stimulus payments disbursed pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Economic Relief and Security (“CARES”) Act. The CARES Act clearly designates these monies as a tax credit and not a “resource” for purposes of the Medicaid income requirements. Residents and their families should know that CARES stimulus payments are exempt under the Medicaid program and may not be taken.
“These payments belong to the resident, not the facility. Recipients are not required to forfeit their CARES Act payments. If you or a loved one are receiving care at a Connecticut facility and have not received your stimulus payment, I want to hear about it,” said Attorney General Tong.
Connecticut residents who may have had their CARES Act payments wrongfully seized are urged to file a complaint with the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office by visiting https://www.dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint or calling 860-808-5318.
To check on the status of your CARES stimulus payment, click here.
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