WASHINGTON (CBS Local) — Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities are wrongfully taking stimulus checks from residents who are on Medicaid, the Federal Trade Commission said Friday.
In a blog post, the FTC says states across the country have received reports of nursing homes and assisted living facilities falsely claiming that stimulus checks count as “resources” under the rules of federal benefit programs that must be used to pay for services.READ MORE: Republican Gubernatorial Hopefuls Take Debate Stage Wednesday Night
“They’re claiming that, because the person is on Medicaid, the facility gets to keep the stimulus payment,” FTC Elder Justice Coordinator Lois Greisman wrote. “But here’s the deal: those economic impact payments are, according to the CARES Act, a tax credit. And tax law says that tax credits don’t count as ‘resources’ for federal benefits programs, like Medicaid.”READ MORE: Suspected Corona Movie Theater Shooter, Joseph Jimenez, Reportedly Confesses
The FTC encourages consumers to check with loved ones who receive Medicaid and live in these facilities and to file a complaint with their state attorney general if they or a loved one have experienced this issue.MORE NEWS: No Apology From Department After 5-Year-Old Boy Bitten By South Pasadena Police K9 Tuesday At National Night Out Event
You can also file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).