When Congress crafted the CARES Act, they designated the stimulus payments as a tax credit — meaning the government would never be allowed to seize them.
And that means the checks aren’t considered a resource for a federal benefits program.
So when the Federal Trade Commission learned some nursing homes are trying to take the checks from residents on Medicaid, they put out a notice warning facilities not to do so.
“This is not just a horror story making the rounds. These are actual reports that our friends in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have been getting — and handling,” said Louis Greisman, an elder justice coordinator with the FTC “Other states have seen the same.”
If an assisted living facility has taken the check from you or a loved one, Greisman wants to help you get it back.
First, she recommends you contact your state’s attorney general’s office. Then, you should file a complaint with the FTC.
“Consider having a chat with the facility’s management to make sure they know which side of the law to be on,” Greisman said.
This story was reported from Atlanta.