(Gray News) - The Federal Trade Commission warned nursing homes residents and their families of reports of facilities trying to take the coronavirus stimulus payments of people on Medicaid.
The stimulus payments were a tax credit, which don't count as “resources” for federal benefits programs like Medicaid, the FTC said. (Source: CNN)
Lois Greisman, elder justice coordinator for the FTC, said in a post on the agency's website that management in some facilities allegedly claimed residents must turn over the money. The direct payments were part of the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress in March.
"This is not just a horror story making the rounds," Greisman wrote. "These are actual reports that our friends in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have been getting - and handling. Other states have seen the same."
According to the CARES Act, the payments were a tax credit, which don't count as “resources” for federal benefits programs like Medicaid, the FTC said.
"If a loved one lives in a nursing facility and you’re not sure what happened to their payment, talk with them soon," Greisman wrote. "And consider having a chat with the facility’s management to make sure they know which side of the law to be on."
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