RI Attorney General’s Office received complaints of congregate care facilities taking residents’ stimulus payments
The Rhode Island Attorney General issued guidance to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities to not take federal stimulus payments from their residents.
PROVIDENCE< RI (WLNE) – Attorney General Peter Neronha issued guidance to congregate-care facilities to not take their residents’ federal stimulus payments in response to complaints his office received.
“Our older and more vulnerable residents deserve to receive their federal stimulus payments like everyone else,” Neronha said in a statement. “These payments belong to the residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities and not to those facilities.”
Neronha added that the same is true regardless of whether a resident is Medicaid-eligible or a Medicaid beneficiary, and regardless of any debts that may be owed to a facility by a resident.
Facilities that receive federal stimulus payments in the mail for residents must immediately deliver the payments to the residents. Any facilities that may have already taken stimulus payments from a resident must immediately return the funds to them, according to the Attorney General’s guidance.
The Attorney General’s office says if facility administrators have concerns about delivering or returning payments because of a resident’s incapacity or mental health, they should contact the resident’s guardian or legal representative. Or they can contact the Attorney General’s Office at (401) 274-4400 (prompt 6) or email email@example.com.