COVID-19: FAQ FOR RESIDENTS OF ADULT CARE FACILITIES (ACFs)

Stimulus Payments

I live in an Adult Care facility and I am on SSI/SSP.  Will I receive a Stimulus Check?


Probably.. The Federal Government is issuing a third round of stimulus payments. To find out if you qualify, visit our Economic Relief page or the IRS FAQ page Get My Payment | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)




What should I do if I did not receive the first or second round of stimulus payments or I got less than I expected?


If you did not receive the first or second round of stimulus payments, you will need to file a 2020 tax return to claim the money. If you received the first two rounds of stimulus payments, then you should receive the third round automatically.

If you received stimulus payments, but did not get the full amount you think you were entitled to, or were missing money for your spouse or dependents, then you should file a 2020 income tax return, even if you are not normally required to do so. Learn more about filing a tax return from the IRS website (Recovery Rebate Credit — Topic A: Claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)).




How will I receive my Stimulus Check?


If you receive SSI/SSP benefits or receive Social Security Disability or Social Security, you should receive the stimulus check in the same way you receive your usual monthly benefit checks. It is also possible to receive the stimulus payment in the form of a prepaid debit card. If your payment is in the form of a debit card, there is a transaction fee every time you use the card after the first time. If you threw away your debit card by mistake, you can call for a replacement at 1-800-240-8100. Social Security and SSI/SSD recipients who receive their benefits electronically should have received their stimulus payments by now.




What if I have a Representative Payee?


If you have a representative payee, the check should go to that individual or organization, and thereafter be made available to you.

If your Facility is your Representative Payee, the money should be deposited in an interest-bearing account separate from the facilities’ operating accounts. It can be a pooled account as long as there is a separate accounting for everyone’s funds.

If you wish to withdraw the entire stimulus payment (which is not recommended) the Facility is required to provide the money within three banking days.




Does a Stimulus Check Count as Income?


Stimulus checks Do Not count as income in the month received or at any other time.




Does the Stimulus Check count as a Resource?


The Stimulus check does not count as a Resource for Twelve months from the date it is issued for most purposes. However, after twelve months it will be counted as a resource. If you still have money left over from the first stimulus payment, be sure to use it within twelve months of when you first received it.




What Can I Use the Stimulus money for?


Unlike other forms of government benefits, which may have certain limitations, this money can be used for any purpose.




Can the Home or anyone else take this money from me for collection of a debt?


Although you may choose to use this money to settle a debt, it cannot be taken from you for that purpose, nor can it be garnished for the collection of a debt, except for child support arrears.





Admission/Re-admission after Covid-19

If I am hospitalized for COVID-19, can I be discharged back to my ACF?


Yes. A DOH Directive was released to all ACFs and Nursing Homes on May 11, 2020, which outlines the process of re-admission. A Hospital may only discharge a patient who has received at least one negative test result for COVID-19, so long as the facility administrator has certified that they can provide that patient with adequate care.




Can I be released from the hospital back to my ACF if I am still testing positive for COVID?


No. Hospitals may not discharge a patient who is still testing positive for COVID-19. ACFs are not permitted to accept patients from a Hospital who have COVID-19 until they receive at least one negative test result.




If I was hospitalized for COVID-19, but I have had a negative test result, can my ACF refuse to take me back?


As long as they can provide the necessary care, they must take you back. No ACF or nursing home can deny admission to a resident based solely on the resident’s previous COVID-19 diagnosis.




What happens if the hospital is ready to discharge me and my Facility cannot provide an adequate level of care?


If you are stable and ready for discharge, but your ACF is unable to provide adequate care, the hospital may either retain you or, if Hospital beds are needed for more serious cases, the hospital must arrange an appropriate discharge and transportation to a facility that can provide an adequate level of care.




If you have further questions, there are Advocates who can assist you:


Erika S. Verrill, Staff attorney NSLS

631 232-2400 x3362

Email: everrill@nsls.legal

Suffolk County Ombudsman Program

631-470-6755

Email: ombudsman@fsl-li.org






Stimulus Payments

I live in an Adult Care facility and I am on SSI/SSP.  Will I receive a Stimulus Check?


Probably.. The Federal Government is issuing a third round of stimulus payments. To find out if you qualify, visit our Economic Relief page or the IRS FAQ page Get My Payment | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)




What should I do if I did not receive the first or second round of stimulus payments or I got less than I expected?


If you did not receive the first or second round of stimulus payments, you will need to file a 2020 tax return to claim the money. If you received the first two rounds of stimulus payments, then you should receive the third round automatically.

If you received stimulus payments, but did not get the full amount you think you were entitled to, or were missing money for your spouse or dependents, then you should file a 2020 income tax return, even if you are not normally required to do so. Learn more about filing a tax return from the IRS website (Recovery Rebate Credit — Topic A: Claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)).




How will I receive my Stimulus Check?


If you receive SSI/SSP benefits or receive Social Security Disability or Social Security, you should receive the stimulus check in the same way you receive your usual monthly benefit checks. It is also possible to receive the stimulus payment in the form of a prepaid debit card. If your payment is in the form of a debit card, there is a transaction fee every time you use the card after the first time. If you threw away your debit card by mistake, you can call for a replacement at 1-800-240-8100. Social Security and SSI/SSD recipients who receive their benefits electronically should have received their stimulus payments by now.




What if I have a Representative Payee?


If you have a representative payee, the check should go to that individual or organization, and thereafter be made available to you.

If your Facility is your Representative Payee, the money should be deposited in an interest-bearing account separate from the facilities’ operating accounts. It can be a pooled account as long as there is a separate accounting for everyone’s funds.

If you wish to withdraw the entire stimulus payment (which is not recommended) the Facility is required to provide the money within three banking days.




Does a Stimulus Check Count as Income?


Stimulus checks Do Not count as income in the month received or at any other time.




Does the Stimulus Check count as a Resource?


The Stimulus check does not count as a Resource for Twelve months from the date it is issued for most purposes. However, after twelve months it will be counted as a resource. If you still have money left over from the first stimulus payment, be sure to use it within twelve months of when you first received it.




What Can I Use the Stimulus money for?


Unlike other forms of government benefits, which may have certain limitations, this money can be used for any purpose.




Can the Home or anyone else take this money from me for collection of a debt?


Although you may choose to use this money to settle a debt, it cannot be taken from you for that purpose, nor can it be garnished for the collection of a debt, except for child support arrears.





Admission/Re-admission after Covid-19

If I am hospitalized for COVID-19, can I be discharged back to my ACF?


Yes. A DOH Directive was released to all ACFs and Nursing Homes on May 11, 2020, which outlines the process of re-admission. A Hospital may only discharge a patient who has received at least one negative test result for COVID-19, so long as the facility administrator has certified that they can provide that patient with adequate care.




Can I be released from the hospital back to my ACF if I am still testing positive for COVID?


No. Hospitals may not discharge a patient who is still testing positive for COVID-19. ACFs are not permitted to accept patients from a Hospital who have COVID-19 until they receive at least one negative test result.




If I was hospitalized for COVID-19, but I have had a negative test result, can my ACF refuse to take me back?


As long as they can provide the necessary care, they must take you back. No ACF or nursing home can deny admission to a resident based solely on the resident’s previous COVID-19 diagnosis.




What happens if the hospital is ready to discharge me and my Facility cannot provide an adequate level of care?


If you are stable and ready for discharge, but your ACF is unable to provide adequate care, the hospital may either retain you or, if Hospital beds are needed for more serious cases, the hospital must arrange an appropriate discharge and transportation to a facility that can provide an adequate level of care.




If you have further questions, there are Advocates who can assist you:


Erika S. Verrill, Staff attorney NSLS

631 232-2400 x3362

Email: everrill@nsls.legal

Suffolk County Ombudsman Program

631-470-6755

Email: ombudsman@fsl-li.org






Admission/Re-admission after Covid-19

If I am hospitalized for COVID-19, can I be discharged back to my ACF?


Yes. A DOH Directive was released to all ACFs and Nursing Homes on May 11, 2020, which outlines the process of re-admission. A Hospital may only discharge a patient who has received at least one negative test result for COVID-19, so long as the facility administrator has certified that they can provide that patient with adequate care.




Can I be released from the hospital back to my ACF if I am still testing positive for COVID?


No. Hospitals may not discharge a patient who is still testing positive for COVID-19. ACFs are not permitted to accept patients from a Hospital who have COVID-19 until they receive at least one negative test result.




If I was hospitalized for COVID-19, but I have had a negative test result, can my ACF refuse to take me back?


As long as they can provide the necessary care, they must take you back. No ACF or nursing home can deny admission to a resident based solely on the resident’s previous COVID-19 diagnosis.




What happens if the hospital is ready to discharge me and my Facility cannot provide an adequate level of care?


If you are stable and ready for discharge, but your ACF is unable to provide adequate care, the hospital may either retain you or, if Hospital beds are needed for more serious cases, the hospital must arrange an appropriate discharge and transportation to a facility that can provide an adequate level of care.




If you have further questions, there are Advocates who can assist you:


Erika S. Verrill, Staff attorney NSLS

631 232-2400 x3362

Email: everrill@nsls.legal

Suffolk County Ombudsman Program

631-470-6755

Email: ombudsman@fsl-li.org






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