Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Representative Payees and Economic Income Payments (EIPs)

As you may know from previous AHCA/NCAL communications, as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act, enacted by Congress, provided financial relief to millions of Americans through EIPs. These payments have now been delivered to people with a representative payee. If you or someone you know serves as a representative payee for a Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiary, it is important to note that a representative payee is only responsible for managing Social Security or SSI benefits. The EIP is not an SSA benefit and it belongs to the beneficiary.  Representative payees should discuss the payment with the beneficiary, when possible. If the beneficiary requests access to the funds, they’re obligated to provide it.

Learn more about EIPs, including how they’re being delivered to people with representative payees, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau site. AHCA/NCAL also recently put together a webinar recording on EIPs from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and important facts for skilled nursing facilities, ICFs/IID, and assisted living centers to know on the use of them. A variety of resources from the Social Security Administration to the National Center on Elder Law and Rights are available at the end of the webinar in which you can find further information that will be of assistance.

 If you have any questions around EIPs, please email COVID19@ahca.org.  

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