COVID-19 Resources for Granite Staters

During the COVID-19 crisis, my staff continue to assist Granite Staters who need help dealing with federal agencies. To speak with a member of my staff call (603) 647-7500 or click here to open a case.

NH & COVID-19

New Hampshire has established a hotline for questions about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, which can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211. If you suspect that you are exhibiting symptoms, please call the hotline to get answers on steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you. Important Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources and precautions regarding COVID-19 can be accessed here.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has set up a page containing the latest information on COVID-19 in New Hampshire, as well as further resources on the state government’s response efforts.

Federal Payments to Help Granite Staters Through COVID-19 Crisis

Congress passed, and the President recently signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides direct financial support to Americans to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

  • As long as you have a Social Security Number (SSN), meet the income restrictions described below, and no one else can claim you as a dependent, you are eligible for a maximum payment of $1,200 for individuals and heads of households and $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, as well as an additional $500 for every child.
    • If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, the IRS will use the information in that return to send your payment either by direct deposit or will mail you a check.
    • If you did not file a tax return in either year, you may have to take a few additional steps to ensure the IRS has the information it needs to process your payment.
  • Individuals making up to $75,000 will receive $1,200. Individuals making between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a reduced amount based on a sliding scale. Individuals making over $100,000 will not receive a payment.
  • Heads of household making up to $112,500 will also receive the full $1,200 payment. Payments to heads of household are reduced gradually up to an income cap of $136,500. Heads of household are also eligible for $500 per dependent child.
  • Married couples filing jointly making up to $150,000 will receive a payment of $2,400. Payments for married couples filing jointly are reduced gradually up to an income cap of $198,000. Married couples filing jointly are also eligible for $500 per dependent child.
  • Congress took steps to help ensure that these payments would go to those who need it most, including Social Security recipients and veterans.

The IRS will begin sending out these rebates to those for whom the agency already has direct deposit information on file on April 15. For those who have not authorized direct deposit for their tax refunds, checks will be mailed out beginning in early May. Granite Staters can check on the status of their rebate by calling the U.S. Treasury’s Payment Management Call Center at 855-868-0151, selecting option 1 for payment status and then pressing 1 again to be connected to a customer service representative. 

To speed up delivery, the IRS is sending millions of Americans their stimulus payment via on a prepaid debit card. This debit card will be sent within a plain envelope from "Money Network Cardholder Services". This is not a scam or junk mail. To learn more, click here.

If you're a veteran receiving VA benefits or a recipient of Social Security Income, the IRS has asked that you submit your payment details by May 5 to receive your $500 additional stimulus payment per dependent child. You can do so here.

To help reduce uncertainty, the Washington Post has created a calculator that allows people to estimate how much they may receive. 

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the direct payments:

How do the federal stimulus payments get broken down?

These payments are made to working Americans for as much as $1,200 per person and $500 per child. If an individual makes under $75,000 a year, he or she will get a check or direct deposit for the full $1,200 as well as what they’re entitled to for children, as long as they filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or receive Social Security benefits. Individuals making between $75,000 and $99,000 a year will receive a reduced amount based on a sliding scale. One exception to this: if someone files as a head of household and makes below $112,500, he or she will receive the full $1,200 payment. For married couples – so joint filers – making below $150,000, they will get a check or a deposit for $2,400 and there’s a similar sliding scale for incomes up to $198,000, after which they will not receive the direct payment assistance. Additional information is available on the IRS’ website here.

When can I expect my stimulus checks to come in? 

The direct payments included in the CARES Act are being distributed by the Department of Treasury on a rolling basis – some Granite Staters have already received these payments.

Do I need to make sure I do anything to get my check, other than that I filed taxes in 2018 or 2019? Is it a direct deposit, or some other method I will be receiving the funds?  

Payments will be received through direct deposit or a check in the mail. If an individual has direct deposit set up with the IRS, that is the fastest way to receive this federal assistance. If someone did not file a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, he or she can visit this new web portal recently launched by the IRS to fill in their personal information to securely set up direct deposit and receive their payment. If someone filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019 but does not receive direct deposit and would like to update their information to receive payments directly, the IRS has set up a site to allow people to securely enter their bank account information. For more information on this website, click here.

Is this considered taxable income? Will this stimulus package just count as an advance on my next tax refund?

No, it is not considered taxable income and no, it does not count as an advance on Granite Staters’ next tax refund.

Health Care

People who are in need of health care coverage due to being laid off from the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible to obtain health insurance through a Special Enrollment Period using the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Depending on your circumstances, you could qualify for Medicaid coverage or tax credits to reduce the cost of monthly premiums.

Paid Sick Leave

Following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Guidance can be viewed here.

Protect Yourself from Scams

It’s important to stay alert and beware of scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many scammers call claiming to be representatives of the IRS or the Social Security Administration and request personal information. Federal agencies will not request personal information over the phone and you should hang up immediately if you receive such a call. For more information on how to protect yourself and others, visit the New Hampshire Department of Justice website here or the Federal Trade Commission website here.

Protective Equipment

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide FEMA details on what you are offering.

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation

    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.  Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.

If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov. These manufacturers may also email FDA at deviceshortages@fda.hhs.gov, which is closely monitored.

If you are a medical provider or other company in need of medical supplies, contact  the New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management or submit a request at ESU@dhhs.nh.gov.

If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at covid19pair@hq.dhs.gov.

Additional information can be found on the FEMA website.

Department of Defense COVID-19 Taskforce

The Department of Defense (DoD) has established the Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) for COVID-19 initiative to respond to the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic.

They are seeking information from both government and non-government personnel who are interested in getting involved. All resources and solutions are welcome from industry, academia, Department of Defense personnel, venture capital firms, individual contributors and more. More information can be found on JTAF's website.

Protect Your Health

Members of the public can protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19 by adopting the following practices:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water in frequent intervals.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing – avoiding small, crowded areas such as restaurants and bars and keeping at least six to ten feet away from other people. Obey all official government social distancing rules.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces each day.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

Further guidance can be found on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unfortunately, the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 epidemic has opened the door to misinformation and falsehoods. FEMA has created a page dispelling many of the rumors relating to COVID-19 that have been circulating.

COVID-19 has also brought about the rise of coronavirus-related scams. Granite Staters must remain vigilant against coronavirus-related scams they may receive via phone or online and should never give out any personal information to suspicious sources. For more tips and to report scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s page

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Survivors

For victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who need support, call the confidential 24/7 statewide New Hampshire hotline for domestic violence at 1-866-644-3574 and sexual assault at 1-800-277-5570.

Small Businesses

CARES Act & the Paycheck Protection Program:  

Congress passed, and the President recently signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which will establish the Paycheck Protection Program. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply to this new program if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications under the Paycheck Protection Program on Friday, April 3. To keep up to date on information regarding these programs, you can subscribe to email updates from the SBA.

The Small Business Development Center – No cost advising:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides highly individualized, advising and education, to NH businesses at no cost.  SBDC’s team of advisors can help businesses apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, prepare for the Paycheck Protection Plan and other relief measures as they are introduced, and discuss concerns related to cash flow, staffing, marketing, accounting, supply chain interruptions, and more. Visit SBDC’s COVID-19 Assistance page for best practices and guidance from business advisors.

For more information about whether this new law could help your business, read through The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

Emergency Declaration:

Following its acceptance of New Hampshire’s emergency declaration, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has made emergency resources available for Granite State small businesses, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses. Businesses can apply for these loans here.

Further SBA guidance and resources that small businesses can utilize to manage the disruption to operations caused by COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of their employees and customers can be viewed here.

Paid Leave Requirements:

Following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Guidance can be viewed here.

Rapid Response Program for Businesses Facing Layoffs:

Businesses that face potential layoffs are also able to access the state’s Rapid Response program, which is a comprehensive and immediate initiative to respond to and mitigate layoffs and closures.

Further state resources for businesses including the form to request an Essential Business designation for exception from shelter in place orders can be found here. Follow the state’s emergency orders here.

Student Loans

Congress passed, and the President recently signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which pauses student loan payments until September 30, 2020, and interest will not accumulate during this time. Further information can be viewed on the Department of Education’s coronavirus resource website here.

Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers now have extra time to file their taxes at no penalty to themselves or their businesses.

Under COVID-19 relief legislation passed last week, small- to medium- sized businesses are able to take advantage of refundable tax credits that cover the cost of providing paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Further information can be read here.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS that works directly with the agency to resolve taxpayer inquiries. While all TAS offices are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, its employees continue to work on a remote basis. If you have an unresolved tax issue that is causing an economic hardship, please contact the New Hampshire TAS office at 603-570-0605.

Traveling Abroad

Granite Staters should consult the State Department’s travel advisory page before making any travel plans. If you are stranded abroad, notify the State Department of your situation via their 24/7 hotline:

  • Callers located in the U.S. and Canada: 888-407-4747
  • Callers located overseas: 202-501-4444

Travelers abroad should also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates.

Unemployment Assistance

Granite Staters who have been laid off, are in quarantine, caring for family members or children are now immediately eligible for unemployment benefits.

Congress passed, and the President recently signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides an additional $600 per week for all individuals filing in New Hampshire until July 31st. It also provides an additional 13 weeks of eligibility on top of the existing 26 weeks.

Residents, including those who are self-employed, can apply for unemployment benefits at nhes.nh.gov or call 603-271-7700.

Veterans

New Hampshire veterans can visit the website of their nearest VA Medical Center for important information and updates related to COVID-19.