Nursing homes are coming under more scrutiny during the coronavirus pandemic, this time for complaints about efforts to confiscate coronavirus stimulus checks.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling on the Trump administration to ensure nursing homes and assisted living facilities aren’t improperly seizing the checks from residents following alerts from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general.
State and federal authorities have recently notified the public about complaints of long-term care facilities demanding residents on Medicaid turn over their relief payments. Those alerts prompted prominent lawmakers to lean on various federal agencies, urging them to investigate the issue and make it clear to facilities that they aren’t entitled to the checks.
“These economic impact payments were not designed to reimburse people,” Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) told The Hill. “And we have provisions that protect the elderly.”