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 handling the outbreak 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
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 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 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.
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?
What if I do not normally file taxes because I receive a federal benefit, but I have dependents?
What if I think the amount of my check is incorrect?
What if I received a check for a deceased relative?
Am I eligible for unemployment?
What is the benefit?
Which employers must provide paid sick leave and family leave?
How much paid sick leave are employees eligible to take?
How much paid family leave are employees eligible to take?
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?
What type of funding will Connecticut get to help our state fight coronavirus and respond to needs in the community?
Connecticut will receive approximately:
What other types of assistance has Congress provided?
What resources are being provided to Connecticut providers?
Which health care providers are eligible for the $175 billion fund?
What expenses are eligible for funding from the $175 billion funding for providers?
Are there any other options for hospitals if they don’t get the money they need?
Can hospitals receive accelerated payments? When do these need to be repaid?
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?
Does the bill give additional flexibility for hospice providers?
How does this bill help clinical laboratories when it comes to Medicare?
Will I have to pay for a coronavirus test?
How does this law affect the cost of a vaccine when one becomes available?
How can seniors and others get prescriptions filled while social distancing?
How does this law increase access to telehealth services for seniors and other Medicare Beneficiaries?
Am I eligible for nutrition assistance?
If I’m getting unemployment insurance benefits can I get SNAP?
Where can I find a local food bank?
My child is out of school, can they get meals?
If I want to apply for SNAP, will I need to do a face-to-face interview?
Will I be subject to SNAP work requirements?
Can I get additional SNAP benefits during the coronavirus emergency?
Can I use my SNAP benefits online?
What if I can’t pay my rent?
What if I need assistance with my mortgage?
Is there utility assistance and am I eligible?
What funding is provided to K-12 schools?
What types of waivers will schools receive for things like testing as well as maintaining services to all students, including students with disabilities?
Do I get relief from my student loans?
Is there additional funding for colleges and the students they serve?
Is there additional assistance for childcare and who is eligible?
Is there assistance for social service organizations and who is eligible?
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?
Will the election be impacted?
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?