To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Reminder on Use of COVID-19 Stimulus Funds
Date: June 13, 2020
CMS Issues Press Release on Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Retain Federal Economic Incentive Payments
While acknowledging that CMS has not received any specific complaints regarding an improper use of the COVID-19 stimulus funds, the agency this week issued a press release noting that it is important for residents and families to know their rights, and for nursing homes to understand the liability associated with this practice. We are also providing below our earlier reminder to members regarding this issue.
Nursing Home Residents, Medicaid, and Stimulus Checks
As you know, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a one-time direct payment of $1,200 to individuals earning less than $75,000 per year ($150,000 for couples who file jointly), including Social Security beneficiaries. We remind facilities that under Medicaid rules a stimulus payment is not counted as income. Therefore, receiving a stimulus payment does not change a resident’s patient paid amount. The resident pays the same monthly amount to the nursing facility and keeps the stimulus payment for his/her own use. Further, the stimulus payment does not count as a Medicaid resource for 12 months. SNFs and NFs will have no new access to these funds. Please click here for a May 15, 2020 Federal Trade Commission Blog on this issue.