STATEMENT: Nursing Home Residents and Coronavirus Relief Deposits

Today, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) issued a directive to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that the CARES Act stimulus payments are for residents’ personal use and not to be treated as income.

HFS issued a Provider Notice that instructs LTC Facilities to consider CARES Act deposits the “personal funds of the residents.” It further admonishes LTC Facilities not to collect the funds for a “group care credit,” and not to treat the payments as income.

Legal Council supports efforts to ensure these payments are received and used by the individual residents who need them. Scams and unscrupulous actions seeking to deprive individuals of these payment can be referred to the Illinois Attorney General’s office at

Legal Council also urges further action beyond a one-time rebate to boost economic security for older adults and people with disabilities, in this crisis and beyond.

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