Coronavirus Relief Bill FAQs

On March 27, 2020 the President signed into law the historic Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The law provides assistance for Americans who are impacted by the Coronavirus.


Your case will not impede your ability to collect a stimulus check or expanded unemployment benefits if you were laid off due to the Coronavirus.

Am I eligible?

Any citizen with a Social Security number is eligible, including individuals who are currently receiving Social Security Disability Benefits.

How do I apply?

There are no action steps that you must take to become eligible at this time.

What amount will I receive?

The specific payment amount will be dependent upon income, marital status, and your number of dependents.

Am I eligible to receive expanded unemployment benefits?

The program provides for an extended unemployment insurance program. It also gives eligible workers an extra $600.00 per week for four months, which is in addition to what the State of North Carolina pays. Unemployment benefits are also extended through December 31 for eligible workers. This apples to self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers. If you would like additional information, please see the Department of Labor website

If I receive Social Security Disability will I be included?

Social Security Disability recipients are eligible to receive their stimulus check by direct deposit. The federal government will automatically send you a check or direct deposit by using the information that you have provided to the Social Security Administration. If you are not currently receiving Social Security benefits and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you will need to file a 2019 tax return in order to receive benefits.