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Government Benefits – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated August 31, 2020

Direct Payments to Households

General Assistance

Disability Insurance

Workers Compensation

Paid Family Leave

Unemployment Insurance

Social Security Assistance

Health Insurance

 

Direct Payments to Households

Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act

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

Information about Obtaining Your Economic Impact Payment from the IRS:

This page includes information about eligibility, how to obtain the payments for tax filers and non-filers, and how to update your information with the IRS:

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

A Guide to COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Relief – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-covid-19-economic-stimulus-checks/

Video – Steps to take if you haven’t received an economic impact payment, from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments-non-tax-filers/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EIPVideo_C

General Assistance

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:

Resources for San Diegans: Food Donations, Rent Relief & More During Coronavirus Pandemic

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

Food Service Sites During San Diego County School Closures. Any child 18 or younger can receive meals during the period of school closures by visiting any of the listed sites:

https://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/20-03-13-student-food-service-during-district-closures.aspx

Help with Pets: The San Diego Humane Society PAWS San Diego program can help with supplemental pet food for income qualified families. For more information and pick up locations see the program website:

https://www.sdhumane.org/programs/paws-san-diego/pantry-service.html

Pet Food Bank

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society has a pet food bank to assist pet owners with pet food and pet supplies at multiple distribution sites around San Diego County.

https://rchumanesociety.org/pet-food-bank/

Help for Military Families

The Office of Financial Readiness has put together a list of resources available to military members and their families to address their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

https://finred.usalearning.gov/COVID19-Resources

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

Workers Compensation

Information about the Governor’s Executive Order approving a rebuttable presumption of workers compensation benefits for Californians who contract COVID-19 while working outside the home during the stay at home order:

Governor Newsom Announces Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workers who Contract COVID-19 During Stay at Home Order

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

Information about the Lost Wages Assistance Program that provides an additional $300 per week of unemployment benefits for eligible claimants beginning July 26, 2020:

https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/lost-wages-assistance.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, and is holding hearings by phone. See this website for more information about current SSA operations and services.

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/

The special enrollment period for Covered California that was opened up due to the pandemic has been extended to July 31, 2020, if you need health coverage and are eligible you have until then to apply for coverage through Covered California:

https://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment/

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