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Government Benefits – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated April 3, 2020

General

If you need help with food, paying bills, child care or other essential services during the COVID-19 crisis, you can search the 211 website or dial 211 to speak to someone who can direct you to services.

http://www.211.org/services/covid19

Here is another list of resources for assistance in the San Diego area, including food, pet food and supplies, unemployment, help for renters, health coverage, and mental health support:

How to Get Rent Relief, File for Unemployment & More: Here Are Resources Available to San Diegans

Benefits.gov – information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, from the official government benefits website of the U.S. government:

https://www.benefits.gov/help/faq/Coronavirus-resources

Direct Payments to Households

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other things, this Act provides $1,200 tax rebates to individuals, with additional $500 payments per qualifying child (phasing out when incomes exceed $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers). The link below provides a summary and full text of the Act:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548

Disability Insurance

Information about Disability Insurance in California and how to make a claim if you are sick and cannot work:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

Paid Family Leave

Information about paid family leave in California and the Coronavirus:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

Unemployment Insurance

Information about unemployment insurance and whether it is available if you cannot work due to sickness, quarantine, or child care related to the Coronavirus:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

Video Tutorials – for video tutorials on how to file an unemployment claim, how to reopen a claim, and how to certify for continuing benefits, in English, Spanish, and several other languages, scroll to the bottom of this page:

https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm

Como solicitar pagos de beneficios del UI (presente una solicitud)(Espanol)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPX70waZG5E&feature=youtu.be

Social Security Assistance

Social security offices are closed until further notice, but the agency is providing limited critical assistance by phone, mail and online.

https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

Health Insurance

If you need health coverage, the Covered California website allows you to submit a single application to determine if you are eligible for Covered California or Medi-Cal:

https://www.coveredca.com/medi-cal/

Medicare covers some COVID-19 related expenses such as testing and hospitalization:

https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus#400

https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/coronavirus-test

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other things, this Act expands health-insurance coverage for diagnostic testing and requires coverage for preventative services and vaccines. The link below provides a summary and full text of the Act:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548