Thank you for visiting this page. We’ve compiled information and links to resources and programs you might find useful during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
A new federal law temporarily expands eligibility for unemployment compensation, extends the period of time during which eligible individuals can receive unemployment, and provides additional unemployment benefits payments. These changes are in effect from April 1 to December 31, 2020, but retroactive to claims filed as early as January 27.
This is a federal program to provide financial relief to individuals and families
Administration of the Program: Administered by the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). No need to apply or submit a tax return to the IRS.
Eligibility: Full rebate for individuals whose income is less than $75,000 and for families with income less than $150,000. The rebate amount is phased out at higher income levels. The IRS will look at current or past tax returns or 1099 filings to determine rebate amount. If you have not filed a return in the past two years, you will need to file one in order to get the rebate. However, senior citizens who receive Social Security DO NOT need to file a return in order to get the rebate.
Amount of Rebate: $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for families. There is an additional $500 per child claimed as a dependent.
When to Expect a Rebate: The treasury department expects to begin processing rebates within the next three weeks.
How the rebate will come: The rebates will be direct deposited into bank accounts if that information is available. If not, then they will send a paper check (this could delay the rebate).
Additional Information: In addition to the IRS website above, there are a couple of helpful FAQ pages from other organizations. Additionally, the Congressional Research Service put out a detailed explanation of the rebates.
Access Health CT is the state’s health insurance exchange. In response to the spread of coronavirus, it has established a new special enrollment period for uninsured Connecticut residents to procure healthcare coverage. The period runs from March 19 through April 17th.
Administration of the Program: Access Health CT is the state’s marketplace for Affordable Care Act coverage. Plans are regulated by the Connecticut Insurance Department.
Eligibility: Those who are uninsured, a resident of Connecticut, are not incarcerated, and have a legal status (i.e. have permission to live/work/study in the US).
When to Apply: The enrollment period has been extended. Eligible people can apply until April 17th.
Information for individual taxpayers.
Federal program to provide forgivable loans
Administration of the Program: Administered by the US Department of Treasury. Small businesses will submit applications to select banks. A second round of funding was approved in late April.
Where to Apply: Participating banks will accept and process applications.
Call your bank or use the SBA Lender Match tool.