Today’s Updates (Updated April 26)
🧡 Facebook groups for parents – Connect with other parents and find ideas for at-home activities, support for parents in quarantine, homeschooling, art and education ideas, helping your kids cope, and coping yourself. Facebook Groups for Kids & Families in the Time of Corona
🌷 Good news for parents of disabled kids: If your child is in a Medicaid home care program, you may be able to be paid to be their caregiver now. Many more states have been approved to allow parent providers. This was already available in CA, MN, CO and a limited amount in PA.
🌷 Paid parent caregivers now also possible in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KS, LA, MS, NC, ND, NM, NV, OK, PA, SD, UT, VA, WV. More states may be coming soon! Changes to Medicaid Home Care in the Time of Corona
🧡 Help During the Coronavirus: Food. Rent. Internet. Unemployment. Paid Leave. Student Loans. Grocery Delivery. What to Do During School Closings. Important updates and bright ideas: Read the Latest Updates
Shopping with kids during a pandemic? What could be more fun!
Many school districts are allowing families to pick up school lunches while kids are out of school. Check with your school district to see if this is possible.
Many states have expanded food stamps benefits for 1-2 month. Everyone will get the maximum. Maximum is roughly $200 for one person, $400 for family of two, $600 for family of three, etc.
If you are eligible for even $1, your family will receive the maximum if your state offers this. If someone in your household has disabilities, you may also find this page helpful: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat
Solutions to pause or eliminate bills: Taking a Small Pause on Bills in the Time of Corona
New info for parents: Stimulus Checks Tips for Parents. Includes tips for parents of disabled adult children. Divorced parents. Parents whose children are 17 or 18. Parents with new babies. Parents on Social Security.
Paid Leave and Unemployment Through the State
Laws have changed. You may be eligible for paid leave or unemployment pay while home with your kids: 10 Ways Salary Can Continue When Your Work Stops or Hours Reduce
Here’s where you can find the policies for your state. 50 State Guide to Paid Leave In the Time of Coronavirus
Paid Leave Through Your Employer
If your employer offers paid sick leave, some employers and insurance polices are allowing people to use their paid sick days if they have to care for their kids during school closings. (Without actually being sick)
Update: A new law has passed to grant paid sick leaver for people who are ill, quarantined, caring for family, or have children with school closings. Not everyone is eligible: Am I Eligible For the New Paid Leave Laws?
If you are disabled, you may be able to request a disability accommodation to work from home or change your schedule. You do not need to be on disability.
Your request must be based on your medical needs in the workplace (not your need to care for your children), but if it is something you have needed anyway, now could be a good time to ask.
Pro tip: If you’ve asked in the past and were told it’s not possible, feel free to ignore this. Once your request is properly documented, the answer may magically change: Sample Letter Requesting a Disability Accommodation
For Parents of Disabled Children
🧡 Good news for parents of disabled children! If your child is in a medicaid home care program, paid parent caregivers are now allowed in Missouri. Reports from readers that it is also being allowed in New Jersey, and it is pending in Virginia.
🧡 It was already allowed in CA, MN, CO and in some cases in PA. For children who are age 18+, it was already allowed in all states.
🧡 Hopefully, more states will follow. Please comment below with updates.
🧡 If you are interested in learning about medicaid waivers: Here’s about medicaid home care programs. For kids, here’s a list of kids programs by state. For adults, here’s where you can find all programs by state.
🌷 Here’s where you can find a list of changes approved to Medicaid home care programs. To find changes in your state, look for “Appendix K” under your state. You can search for the line “Allow spouses and parents of minor children to provide personal care services.” Approved Changes to Medicaid Home Care
If You Are Owed Child Support
Stimulus checks and tax refunds can be taken to pay you the child support you are owed. But it won’t happen automatically. You would need to arrange for state child support office to collect payments. If you are on TANF or apply for TANF this may happen automatically. About Offsets For Child Support. Find your local Office of Child Support Enforcement.
What To Do All Day?
- Companies offering free educational resources
- Managing Coronavirus Anxiety (our kids and our own)
- Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, growing
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours
- For parents with ME/CFS
This blog was created by people with ME/CFS (Sometimes called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”).
Being homebound is nothing new to us. Many of us have been homebound or bedridden for five, or ten, or twenty years.
There is now a great deal of support, understanding, and help available to people staying home during Coronavirus, but none of this was available to us all these years, and when Coronavirus is over, it may go away again.
As you go about your day, please take a moment to think about your homebound friends. You may be able to go back out someday, but we may never be able to.