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Non-health resources for health advocates: Food & Money

Bear with us, a lot is happening fast as you all know. We'll be sending a later announcement with health updates today. But our clients and patients aren't just worried about access to health care, they are also worried about paying their bills & putting food on the table.
 
These are some resources from our colleagues  about SNAP benefits available now & what we know about promised extra unemployment benefits & what the IRS has put out so far about  "economic incentive payments."
 
Also attached is a document with links to summaries of the Coronavirus Response Acts from four national advocacy organizations that focus on health, immigrants, employment, and older adults.Posted online here: https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/summaries-analyses-coronavirus-response-acts
 

COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance (UI)

https://www.masslegalservices.org/covid-19-and-ui

The recent federal CARES law provides $600 additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and 13 extra weeks to everyone getting UI. It also provides UI to workers who are self-employed, independent contractors, used up UI, or earned too little to get regular UI. These benefits are not yet available and DUA is awaiting information from the federal government about when they will begin. If you are in one of these categories, you should wait to apply until DUA can process these claims. For more information and updates about UI and COVID-19, see the website for the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA): Mass.gov/DUA and mass.gov/unemployment/covid-19 

See the fact sheet, in English and Spanish, for more important information about COVID-19 and unemployment insurance benefits.

Snap & Cash Benefits during COVID-19

https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19

FAQ: Extra Emergency SNAP Benefits for March and April

These extra SNAP benefits were issued on 3/31 to houseoholds not already getting the maximum grant. Please see this flier for more information, also posted in Spanish -distribute widely. 

 

FAQ: SNAP for workers who lost hours due to COVID-19

Please see this flier for more information, also posted in Spanish. Distribute widely. 

 

From IRS.GOV

Coronavirus Tax Relief

Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know

Questions and Answers on the Economic Impact Statement

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file to receive a payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. However, some people who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. When more specific details become available, we will update this page. (Last visited as of 4-2-20)

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

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