Long-Term Care Facilities Cannot Confiscate Stimulus Payments

No facility has rights to an individual’s stimulus check.
January 27, 2021

As people receive a second round of federal stimulus payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging, Human Services, and Insurance are reminding consumers living in long-term care facilities that these checks belong to them, not the facilities where they live.

“The Insurance Department has remained dedicated to ensuring Pennsylvania residents are clear that neither Medicaid, nor the facility in which a Medicaid beneficiary resides, has rights to an individual’s stimulus check,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “Stimulus checks are tax credits and the Federal Trade Commission has continued to make this clear since last spring. The payments are not ‘resources’ for purposes of qualifying for federal benefit programs and may not be taken from residents”

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