Families of people with intellectual or developmental
disabilities take on many roles, from loving parent or guardian to advocate,
cheerleader, and financial steward. Some days it seems there are new rules,
challenges and uncertainty around every corner.
In this year alone, we’ve been faced with a pandemic,
sheltering in place, new legislation and more. Thanks to the advocacy of
organizations like Bethesda and parents and guardians, Economic Impact Payments
(a.k.a. “stimulus payments”) are being distributed to people with disabilities
to help with hardships related to COVID-19.
Here are five things you need to know about stimulus
- Stimulus checks (economic impact payments) come
from the Internal Revenue Service and are not a Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) benefit. The Social Security Administration does not consider
economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients and these payments
are excluded from resources for 12 months.
- Stimulus checks belong to the beneficiary
named on the check. Whether or not the beneficiary has a developmental or
intellectual disability is insignificant.
- Stimulus checks may not be checks. Those
who didn’t provide banking information and whose tax return was processed at
certain IRS service centers will receive a prepaid debit card instead of a
check. Cards come in a plain white envelope from Money Network Cardholder
Services. Do not mistake these stimulus cards for preapproved credit card
offers. Also, stimulus prepaid debit cards can be used at the point of purchase,
to withdraw funds at ATMs or to transfer funds to a bank account.
checks cannot be gifted to Bethesda (and other organizations like Bethesda may have similar
guidelines). Medicaid requires that Bethesda accept Medicaid payments as full
satisfaction for all funded services and prohibits providers from accepting
additional payments. In addition, donations from people we support could be
viewed as coerced or otherwise influenced, which makes accepting these
donations risky to Bethesda.
- Have a conversation with your loved one
about how they would like to use their stimulus funds and follow their
direction, including giving them their funds to use as they prefer.
Still have questions about stimulus checks?
If Bethesda supports your loved one and you need help
understanding stimulus funds, please contact Bethesda’s Financial Services Team
at: 833-BLC-9250 or Support.Finance@BethesdaLC.org
If your loved one has not yet received their stimulus
payment or you need additional information, check the status of the
payment with the IRS.Visit
the Social Security Administration coronavirus page for more information on
stimulus funds for SSI recipients.