The US government sent an initial round of stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per person. At this time it is unknown whether a second round of stimulus checks will be approved.
The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. The CARES Act also enables states to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance office at their website to learn more about the availability of these benefits.
If you normally receive health insurance through your job, but have lost your job or had your hours reduced in a way that affects your health coverage, you may be eligible for COBRA for a temporary continuation of coverage.
The Affordable Care Act also allows anyone who has lost their job and job-based health insurance to sign up for coverage on the Health Insurance Exchange health insurance through the You may qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Credit cards often have assistance programs for crisis situations. Call the number on your credit card to see if fees or payments might be waived or suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
Utilities, including water, heat, electricity, and internet are considered essential services and will remain operational during the crisis. Contact your utility company if you need assistance or are delayed in paying your bills.