DHS sends letters to SD long-term care facilities regarding COVID-19 stimulus checks
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Human Services has sent letters to the state’s long-term facilities to advice them on the seizure, retention, or confiscation of CARES Act stimulus checks from their residents, regardless of payer source of debt owed to anyone.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services consider these seizures as a violation of federal regulation, and say that the facilities could be subject to federal enforcement actions, which include the removal from participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs.
In the letters, CMS stated that they,
“prohibit nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other long-term care communities from seizing, retaining, or otherwise confiscating stimulus payments from their residents, regardless of payer source or debt owed to anyone. Facilities that receive recovery rebates in the mail for residents must immediately deliver the payments to the residents. For facilities that have already confiscated a payment from a resident, those facilities must immediately return the funds to the resident. “
You can view the letter below.