Alabama attorney general warns nursing homes against stealing stimulus checks

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is warning nursing home residents and their families about homes taking federal stimulus payments from Medicaid recipients.

According to Marshall, reports have come in about some nursing homes in Alabama trying to take stimulus checks from residents on Medicaid. This came after reports came in nationally about homes taking checks improperly from residents.

In some cases, Medicaid recipients may have to sign over some of their sources to their homes, but this does not include the federal checks given by the CARES Act, which are classified as tax credits.

“If this is happening, it needs to stop now,” Marshall said. “These stimulus checks are rightfully and legally the property of the residents and must be returned. Confiscation of these checks is unlawful and should be reported to my office.”

Tax law states that tax credits do not count as “resources” for federal benefits programs.

If you or someone you know who is a Medicaid recipient that forfeited their stimulus check to a nursing home, contact the Alabama Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at mfcu@alabamaag.gov or call 334-2427300.

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