Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 30, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide Stay-At-Home order in Kansas. On April 1, she signed EO 20-17, which allows Kansas to apply for the dollars available to us through the CARES Act.

Here are three aspects of the CARES Act that may apply to you:

  • Direct payments to individuals: If you pay taxes, you will receive a one-time direct deposit of up to $1,200. Married couples will receive up to $2,400, plus $500 per child. To qualify, your income must be under $99,000 for individuals, and under $198,000 for married couples. For more information, please visit the IRS website by clicking here - Economic Impact Payments
  • Extended unemployment support: This legislation expands eligibility and extends unemployment benefits through December 31 for eligible workers. It also offers workers an additional $600 per week until July 31, as well as state benefits. These benefits apply to those that are self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. If you need to file a claim for unemployment due to COVID-19, please visit the Kansas Department of Labor’s website by clicking here - Get Kansas Benefits FAQs
  • Strengthening healthcare: Our hospitals will receive much-needed direct financial support through this legislation, and it will help hospitals be more prepared when COVID-19 peaks in their community. Additionally, all testing and potential vaccines for COVID-19 will be covered at no cost to patients.

View the entire CARES Act:

I want Kansans to know that help is out there. Elected officials, like myself, are working long hours to design solutions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But you don’t have to be an elected official to help. Washing your hands, and staying at home are important actions that we all need to take to flatten the curve. In the meantime, please know additional support is coming.