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Important Deadline for Some SSI Recipients

From Justice in Aging
Upcoming Stimulus Payment Deadline for SSI Recipients Who Have Child Dependents and Did Not File 2018 Or 2019 Taxes
Recent changes affect how the 8.2 million seniors and people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can receive their own $1,200 stimulus payments and the $500 payments for child dependents. In particular, the IRS set a deadline of May 5th (next week) for SSI recipients to use the IRS’s non-filer online tool if they have a qualifying dependent child under age 17 and want to receive the $500 dependent payment at the same time as their individual $1,200 payment.
Here are three things to keep in mind:
SSI recipients who have filed their 2018 or 2019 taxes do not need to take any action and are not affected by the May 5th deadline. Their stimulus payment will be sent automatically to the same account where they received their tax refund. This automatic payment will include the $500 payment for each dependent child under age 17 list…

NDRN Launches 'Know Your Rights' during COVID-19 Video Series

From National Disability Rights Network

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every community in the nation. Shuttering schools and workplaces, slowing public transportation, and delaying community-based services. In this series of videos, the National Disability Rights Network explains what your rights are and what you can do if you believe your rights are being violated. We hope this series will help to strengthen self-advocacy, address racial inequities, and protect the rights/lives of people with disabilities.

Guardianship in the Time of COVID-19: FAQ for Guardians and Others

From the National Center on Law & Elder Rights

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, guardians for older adults and adults with disabilities may have questions about fulfilling their duties and staying connected to people they represent. Guardianship experts, including the National Guardianship Association, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and the National Center for State Courts, have created a FAQ document with answers, actionable tips, and links to key resources. This resource is aimed at family guardians, professional guardians, public guardians, attorneys, judges, court personnel, and all others who are affected by this issue, and will be regularly updated with new information and links.

NDI Launches Financial Resilience Center

NDI's new Financial Resilience Center provides resources to help those with disabilities and chronic health conditions navigate financially through the COVID-19 crisis. VISIT COVID-19 CENTER National Disability Institute (NDI) is pleased to share the launch of a new set of resources to help people with disabilities and chronic health conditions respond to the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. NDI's Financial Resilience Center is an online hub to answer frequently asked questions about: COVID-19 Stimulus; Employment and Unemployment; Public Benefits; Money Management; Housing, Food and Healthcare; Scams and more. In addition to providing trusted answers to FAQs, the Financial Resilience Center offers assistance to help users manage their finances. Our partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education® (AFCPE) offers virtual financial counseling and coaching, and LifeCents will provide access to online financial wellness training (comi…

Will I continue to receive my Social Security benefit or Supplemental Security Income Payment?

Yes, Social Security will continue to pay benefits. Social Security has a website dedicated to keeping you informed about our services during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Please visit COVID-19 webpage for the latest information. See today’s blog post for more information.

CNF COVID-19 Support Funding Applications Open May 1st!

From the Child Neurology Foundation
CNF O&A - April 21, 2020View this email in your browser
Dear CNF Partners,  A month ago, we made the announcement that we were working to offer financial assistance to children and families in our community, as well as other advocacy organizations working to support children and families with neurologic conditions. And today, we're excited to announce that applications for our RISE and RISING TIDES grants open on May 1st!

Starting this Friday, we'll be releasing $100,000 to support children, families, and organizations through COVID-19. 

We love this community, and we're doing everything that we can to help make sure that we all get through this pandemic together. Applications for our first round of COVID-19 support funds will be open until May 15th.

CNF’s plan is to continue to raise funds to provide funding to organizations and families throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned, as we raise more funds – we will move the money straig…

Uninsured and Unemployed? Medicaid and CHIP Provide Lifelines to Families in Need

From Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families

In these tough times, when so many people have lost their jobs and and their health insurance, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are lifelines families can turn to for help covering the cost of health care.  Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage for children and pregnant women with low and moderate incomes. Medicaid coverage is available to low-income adults in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and is available to some low-income parents in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid. To help families in need of affordable health coverage, we answer some of the questions likely on their minds at this critical time. Do we qualify for Medicaid or CHIP?  The Medicaid income guidelines vary by state so look up your state on our Kids Health Report and scroll to the “Who Qualifies” section to see specific income guidelines for children, pr…