FTC Warns Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities Not to Claim Residents’ COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

The Federal Trade Commission late last week warned operators of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that residents’ stimulus checks cannot be counted as resources for Medicaid purposes.

Citing the text of the CARES Act, the FTC affirmed that the one-time stimulus payments of up to $1,200 count as tax credits and not “resources” or income, making them ineligible for the nursing home or assisted living facility to claim.

“If you have clients who operate nursing homes or assisted living residences, a word of advice from you now can save them from making a serious misstep,” FTC elder justice

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