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Pandemic Benefits Guidance

Last Updated Thursday, July 2nd, 11:49am

I’ve been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Am I eligible for benefits?

Many people who have been impacted by COVID-19 qualify for benefits to help them buy groceries, get health care, or get financial support to make up for lost income. See what support you might be eligible for below. For some benefits, New York may also look at other factors to determine your eligibility (for example, whether you’re pregnant or immigration status).

For more information on available support, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page.

Benefits available to many adults

Download a PDF of the benefits available to many adults in NYC, regardless of employment status.
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Health Insurance 

Medicaid

Medicaid helps with health coverage for certain people with a low income. You may be eligible for Medicaid if you are between the ages of 19 and 64 and you are: 

  • Single with no children with a household income below $1,467 monthly or $17,609 yearly 
  • In a two-person household with a household income below $1,982 monthly or $23,792 yearly 
  • In a four-person household with a household income below $3,013 monthly or $36,156 yearly 

Apply for Medicaid through the NY State of Health website or get help through GetCoveredNYC.
If you’re 65 or older, blind, or have a disability, call HRA at 1-888-692-6116 and ask about Medicaid.

NY State of Health 

New York has many low- or no-cost health coverage options for those who qualify. You may be eligible if are between the ages of 19 and 64 and you are:

  • Single with no children with a household income below $4,253 monthly or $51,040 yearly 
  • In a two-person household with a household income below $5,746 monthly or $68,960 yearly 
  • In a four-person household with a household income below $8,733 monthly or $104,800 yearly 

See your options and apply through the NY State of Health website.

Health insurance for children

Children may be eligible for health insurance benefits if they’re in a household with an income higher than what is listed above for adults.

For information about health insurance plans for children, visit the NY Department of Health website. For general information about family health plans, visit NY State of Health website.

Food stamps (SNAP) to help buy groceries 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides money to families who need it to help them buy healthy food. You may be eligible for SNAP if if you are: 

  • Single with no children with a household income below $1,354 monthly or $16,248 yearly 
  • In a two-person household with a household income below $1,832 monthly or $21,984 yearly 
  • In a four-person household with a household income below $2,790 monthly or $33,480 yearly 

Apply for SNAP online through ACCESS HRA.

Benefits for employees

Download a PDF of the benefits available to employees.

If you’re an employee, meaning your employer withholds taxes from your pay and gives you a W-2 form, you may be eligible for…

Paid or unpaid leave if you’re sick or taking care of your family

Federal Sick and Family Leave

If your employer has fewer than 500 employees, you may be eligible for:

  • Paid sick leave (at full pay) if you can’t work because of a quarantine ordered by the government or advised by a health care provider, or you’re sick with COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Paid sick leave (at two-thirds pay) if you can’t work because you need to care for someone in quarantine because of a government order or advice of health care provider
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave (at two-thirds pay) to care for a child whose school or child care is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19

Qualifying employers must provide you with this leave, and you don’t need to apply. To learn more, visit the US Department of Labor website.

State Sick Leave

Sick and Family leave from NY State provides additional paid or unpaid leave (depending on the size of your employer). You may be eligible if you miss work due to: 

  • Isolation or quarantine orders from the government or a health care provider
  • Taking care of family member affected by COVID-19

Qualifying employers must provide you with this leave, and you don’t need to apply. Learn more from NY State Dept of Labor.

New York City Sick Leave

NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave includes up to 40 hours of paid or unpaid sick leave (depending on employer’s size) for NYC employees. You may be eligible:

  • If you’ve worked for your employer for 120 days or more
  • Regardless of immigration status 

Qualifying employers must provide you with this leave, and you don’t need to apply. Learn more from the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

Payments if you lost your job, are working less, are furloughed, or can’t go to work because of COVID-19

Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) give temporary income to workers who lose their jobs or have their hours significantly reduced. You’re likely eligible for benefits if you lost work because of COVID-19 and aren’t getting other paid leave, even if you don’t usually qualify for UI. 

Apply on the NY Department of Labor website, and the system will determine if you are eligible for UI or PUA.

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an extra $600 per week on top of usual weekly unemployment benefits. If you’re eligible for UI or PUA, you’ll automatically receive the additional payment from PEUC. 

Help if you got sick with COVID-19 on the job 

If you become ill with COVID-19 as a direct result of your job, you may be eligible for cash benefits, medical care, or both through Workers’ Compensation.

Apply online through the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Help if you got sick with COVID-19 off the job, are disabled, and can’t work 

If you become ill with COVID-19 off-the-job and are disabled and prevented from working, you may be eligible for Disability Benefits.

Apply online through the NY State website.

Benefits for self-employed workers

Download a PDF of the benefits available to self-employed workers.

You’re self-employed if you are an independent contractor, control your own work and schedule, your clients or customers do not withhold taxes from your paycheck, and you do not receive a W-2 (for example, freelance workers and artists). Self-employed workers may be eligible for…

Paid or unpaid leave if you’re sick or taking care of your family

Under federal law, if you’re self-employed you may be entitled to tax credits for leave related to COVID-19.  You may be eligible if you:

  • Can’t work or telework because of a quarantine ordered by the government or advised by a health care provider 
  • Can’t work because you’re taking care of a family member under quarantine ordered by the government or advised by a health care provider 
  • Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Are taking care of a child whose school is closed or whose childcare is unavailable

Learn more about Sick Leave for self-employed workers.

Payments if you lost your job, are working fewer hours, had a planned job that’s canceled, or have been furloughed due to COVID-19 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) gives temporary income to workers who wouldn’t normally qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI), including freelancers and independent contractors. You may be eligible if you’re unable to work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apply online on the NY Department of Labor website, and the system will determine if you are eligible for UI or PUA.

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an extra $600 per week on top of usual weekly unemployment benefits. If you’re eligible for UI or PUA, you’ll automatically receive the additional payment from PEUC. 

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Last Updated Thursday, July 2nd, 11:49am

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