Update on $850 Maine Relief Checks and Impact on Cost of Care for Long Term Care Residents

The Maine Health Care Association has confirmed with the Office of Family Independence that “the $850 relief payments are excluded from the eligibility determination. They will not be used in the cost of care calculation.”
The $850 relief payment is available to retirees, social security recipients, and/or SSI Recipients whether or not Maine income tax is owed, including for those who receive social security and/or supplemental security income (SSI), so long as they meet the other eligibility criteria. Individuals must file their 2021 Maine individual income tax return by October 31, 2022. To do so, those with no taxable income may check Box A on the front of the Maine Individual Income Tax Form 1040ME (PDF) and complete the appropriate sections of Schedule PTFC/STFC (PDF) to qualify.
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