Stimulus Checks - Will They Effect your Benefits?
Many of our referral sources and beneficiaries have inquired as to the effect the recent stimulus checks will have on their or their client’s benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has stated that the stimulus checks will not be considered income for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. The stimulus checks will be excluded as a resource for 12 months from receipt by the SSI recipient. This is also the case for Florida’s Medicaid programs. More information can be found at ssa.gov/coronavirus.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is also making accommodations for Medicaid applicants and recipients due to the Corona virus pandemic. A complete list of those accomodations can be found at https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/access.shtml.
In particular, DCF will maintain eligibility for all current recipients through the end of the state of emergency. Meaning no recipient will lose their benefits during this time. DCF has also extended certain deadlines for applicants . For instance, beginning in February, DCF is allowing the applicant 120 days to provide the necessary supporting documentation for the application.
Kole J. Long, Esq.