Health/Mental Health Services & Access
- California is extending the deadline to enroll for healthcare coverage with Covered California. If you need coverage now or your employment has changed as a result of COVID-19 you may qualify. Apply here.
Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meetings
- DV shelter resources are available on: domesticshelters.org. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.
Hotline to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Older Californians
- California has created a statewide hotline – 833-544-2374 – in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1- systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, operators will be able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying home.
Disability/Paid Family Leave/Unemployment Benefits (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):
- Individuals are able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness.
- The Governor’s Executive Order will waive the one-week unpaid waiting period to collect DI benefits for the first week out of work.
- Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.
- Individuals can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim.
- Provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.
- Individuals are encouraged to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
- UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
- Governor Newsom announced the state has made agreements with more than 200 financial institutions for mortgage relief. Learn more here.
- In addition, the federal government announced foreclosure suspensions for FHA and FHFA backed mortgages. .
Safety Net Programs:
- Governor Newsom has issued an executive order to allow current recipients of safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption or the need to re-certify. This includes programs such as CalFresh, CalWORKS and Medi-Cal, to name a few. The order also stops CalWORKS time clocks.
- California DMV offices have suspended all in-person appointments.
- The deadline to obtain a CA Real ID has been extended to October 2021.
- Online services, DMV kiosks, and traditional mail are alternatives to an in-person visit. For more information on what transactions can be completed using these alternative methods, click here.
- All borrowers with federally-held student loans through the U.S. Department of Education will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days starting March 13th. In addition, each borrower will have the option to suspend payments for at least two months.
- Student loans can come from many sources, and borrowers should contact their own lender(s) to discuss what their individual situations may be. Learn more here.
- State Franchise Tax Board: Filing and payment deadline extended until July 15, 2020
- The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service: Income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers are automatically extended until July 15, 2020.
- State Payroll Taxes: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request from the EDD an extension of up to 60 days to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. Learn more here
- Small businesses filing tax returns of less than $1 million won’t have to file their first-quarter returns until July 1.
For a one-stop shop on all things #COVID19, visit CA’s new website.