Senator Murphy is committed to making sure Connecticut residents have the resources and information they need in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions or assitance, please contact our office.
For information on how Connecticut is addressing the pandemic and guidance from Governor Lamont, please visit ct.gov/coronavirus
For the most up-to-date information on the virus, how it spreads, and ways to prepare, visit the CDC's website at cdc.gov/coronavirus
For the most up-to-date information on eligibility, access, and support to help you get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Connecticut, please visit ct.gov/covidvaccine
Congress has passed multiple relief packages to help address the impact of coronavirus and its economic fallout. To help answer some of the many questions people have about what is in thesee bills and how they can get assistance, my office put together this FAQ.
This page will continue to be updated as additional resources and applications become available.
Individuals can visit Get My Payment on the IRS website to check on their payment status or call the IRS Hotline at 1-800-919-9835 if they are still waiting for their check.
Who qualifies to receive a check?
How much will I receive?
How do I claim my check?
How long will it take for the check to be delivered?
Why am I getting “Payment Status Not Available?”
The IRS updates the “Get my payment” tool once per day and has recently updated the system, so you should check to see if your status has changed.
Will I be taxed on this check?
Will I be eligible if I have a lien against me, but I am in non-collect status?
Do these stimulus payments need to be repaid?
Are seniors eligible?
Am I eligible for unemployment?
What is the benefit?
What relief is included for small businesses?
What are the new paid sick leave and paid emergency family leave requirements for small businesses?
Is my small business eligible for relief?
If I receive a stimulus check from the federal government, will it impact my ability to file for bankruptcy?
What assistance is there for nonprofits?
Did the end of year spending bill include additional funding for states and localities to respond to cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
What new assistance will Connecticut be receiving through the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that passed in December 2020?
Connecticut is expected to receive the following assistance through the December 2020, COVID-19 relief bill:
What funding has Connecticut received in the past to help our state fight coronavirus and respond to needs in the community?
Through the CARES Act and other COVID-19 response bills , Connecticut has received approximately $21.2 billion in federal assistance. This includes:
What resources are being provided to Connecticut providers?
How do the laws support community health centers?
Are hospitals and clinics eligible for small business loans?
Is there anything being done to support home health care workers?
Can providers get reimbursed for providing telehealth services?
Will I have to pay for a coronavirus test?
Will I have to pay for the vaccine?
What is being done to keep seniors safe?
How can seniors and others get prescriptions filled while social distancing
How does the law increase access to telehealth services for seniors and other Medicare Beneficiaries?
Can I get additional SNAP benefits during the coronavirus emergency?
Where can I find a local food bank? Are food banks getting federal assistance to respond to COVID-19 pandemic?
My child is out of school, can they get meals?
Will I be subject to SNAP work requirements if I am applying as an Able-Bodied Adult without Dependent Children (ABAWD)?
Can I use my SNAP benefits to buy food online?
What type of funding is available for senior nutrition programs?
Is there rental assistance and am I eligible?
Is there utility assistance and am I eligible?
What funding is provided to K-12 schools?
Is there additional funding for colleges and the students they serve?
Is there additional assistance for childcare and who is eligible?
What if I have child care funding leftover in a Dependent Care Savings Account?
What support is included for VA health care facilities and their COVID-19 response?
I am a veteran living in a rural area and am being told that my appointments will now be through telehealth, but I can’t afford internet services or don’t have a good internet connection. How will this bill help me?
I’m a home health care worker for the VA, can I receive PPE for providing home care services to veterans?
I run a veteran-owned small business. Can the CARES Act help me?
I have a VA-backed mortgage, am I protected against foreclosure during the COVID-19 emergency declaration?
I use VA’s prosthetics service and need to get my prosthetic adjusted, but am nervous to go into a VA facility because I have underlying conditions that make me more at risk of complications from COVID-19. Where can I go to get my prosthetic adjusted?
What safeguards are included to prevent abuse of these new programs?
What are the special rules for retirement plans and IRAs in section 2202 of the CARES Act?
How do I know if I am a qualified individual?
What is a coronavirus-related distribution?
Do I have to pay the 10% additional tax on a coronavirus-related distribution from my retirement plan or IRA?
When do I have to pay taxes on coronavirus-related distributions?
May I repay a coronavirus-related distribution?
Is there any retirement plan loan relief in the CARES Act?
Is it optional for employers to adopt the coronavirus retirement distribution and loan rules of the CARES Act?