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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How should I report pandemic-related income?

If you want to see if you qualify for Medicaid or cost savings, you’ll need to tell us about your income. If you already get Medicaid or cost savings, you’ll need to let us know any time your income changes.

If you’ve received income related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keep these things in mind when you apply for financial assistance or update your information:

  • Unemployment insurance: Report the full amount of unemployment income you receive. We will automatically exclude the special $600 per week pandemic unemployment insurance when we check to see if you qualify for Medicaid, but are required to include it when calculating cost savings.
  • Stimulus checks: Do not report the one-time stimulus payments ($1,200 per taxpayer plus $500 per child) on your application or when making updates to your income.
  • Grants and loans: If you are a sole-proprietor or independent contractor and have received Payroll Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds, these do not count in our calculations. Do not report them on your application or when making updates to your income.

We know things are changing fast and it’s difficult to predict your income for 2020. Be sure to accurately report income you’re getting right now, and to update us any time that changes.