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 and public health recommendations, 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. Most recently, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion relief package that President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021.
To help answer some of the many questions people have about what is in these 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.
If your 2019 tax return has not yet been processed visit this IRS webpage with special instructions to validate your 2020 electronic tax return.
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 Get My Payment application will return "Payment Status Not Available" for several reasons, including:
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 American Rescue Plan include additional funding for states and localities to respond to cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
What funding was provided to Connecticut transit agencies and airports? Will there be money for Amtrak?
What new assistance will Connecticut be receiving through the American Rescue Plan? How does this compare to the COVID-19 relief bill Congress passed in December?
Connecticut is expected to receive the following assistance:
Does the American Rescue Plan support help people afford health insurance?
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 and community-based services?
Is there anything in the American Rescue Plan to support behavioral health services?
The American Rescue Plan Act added $4 billion in funding to increase access to mental health and substance use disorder services, treatment, and prevention, which includes:
Will I have to pay for a coronavirus test?
Will I have to pay for the vaccine?
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 who became unemployed as a result of the pandemic. Is there any assistance available for me?
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. Is there help available for me?
I receive health care through the VA, but am having difficulty managing costs. What sort of assistance is available for people like 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?