Today’s Updates (April 24)
🧡 Medicaid has no premiums and little or no co-pays. For anyone on Medicaid or anyone who wants to be on Medicaid: Medicaid in the Time of Corona
🧡 Some banks and car companies are allowing people to pause car payments. You’ll still owe the money, but you’ll have more time to pay. Pause car payments.
🧡 Some of us don’t need a pandemic to be poor. Lots of help and creative solutions to make life easier for low-income people with disabilities: How to Be Poor in America
Pause or Eliminate
Below are different options for getting a break from bills during coronavirus times.
Pause: New programs that will help protect you if you stop being able to pay your bills. You’ll still owe the money, but you’ll have more time to pay, and late fees and penalties may be removed.
Eliminate: In some cases there are ways to eliminate the bill altogether, so you won’t owe it later.
Phone and Internet
🧡 Pause: 390 Phone and Internet Companies have agreed to not disconnect service and not charge late fees.
🧡 Eliminate: There are also some ways you may be able to get free internet and not owe anything: Ten Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Internet Bills
🧡 Pause: If you stop being able to pay your utilities, here’s guide to Utility Companies that Will Not Disconnect You
🧡 Eliminate: You may also be eligible for discounts on your utility bills. Some areas are making it faster and easier to apply. Check your local social services department or Liheap program. Here’s an example of changes from Seattle.
🧡 Eliminate: Some states are expanding their SNAP food stamps programs to offer more food stamps to more people or to remove work requirements. If you were not eligible for food stamps before, you might look into applying now.
🧡 This page is continually updated with information on food stamps expansions and help: How to Get Groceries Delivered with SNAP Food Stamps (EBT)
🌷 If you’d like learn more about the rules and policies that affect how much food stamps a person will get: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat
🧡 Are food stamps increasing in your state? State by state foodstamps tracker
🧡 There are a variety of ways you might be able to pause (or maybe even permanently eliminate) student loans: Student Loans in the Time of Coronavirus
🧡 Please stay safe. If you are sure leaving your house is the right choice for you, there are a lot of companies hiring right now: List of nationwide and state-by-state businesses that are hiring during the pandemic.
🧡 For parent’s with disabled children: If your child is in a state or Medicaid home care program, some states will now allow you to be paid as a parent caregiver. Learn more: Home with the Kids
Many Different Areas
🧡 New laws to help: Democrats have published this helpful Q & A About the New Coronavirus Relief Laws. Includes information on taxes, utilities, housing, and banking.
🧡 Local Help: Some local areas have programs offering help with bills. To find out what’s in your area, dial 2-1-1 on your phone, or look here: 211.org
🧡 Intellihelp: Love Delivered. A Facebook group of people around the country reaching out to share items and help to neighbors while respecting social distancing.
🧡 Pause or Eliminate: Many more ideas for Rent & Housing
🧡 Pause: If you can’t pay your mortgage, you might be protected from foreclosure until the end of April. IHeartBudget Financial Resources
🧡 Pause: You get an extra 90 days to pay your taxes. You still have to file on time. File now, pay later. IHeartBudget Financial Resources
🧡 Pause: Some banks are allowing late payments and removing late fees. Some are also removing penalties for early withdrawals or helping their customers in other ways: List of Banks That are Helping
🧡 Unemployment and paid leave is now very different than it was before. If you think there is no way you can qualify, check again: 50 State Guide to Unemployment & Paid Leave
What in the World is Going On:
For anyone who is homebound or sheltering in place: Food. Rent. Internet. Unemployment. Paid Leave. Student Loans. Grocery Delivery. Love. Bills. Online Doctors. What to Do During School Closings: Read All of Today’s Updates
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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.