Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Employee Grant Fund to help Our Employees Who Are Experiencing Financial Difficulties
We know that this pandemic is bringing hardship for many of you. Some of you have family members who have lost their jobs, or you have experienced other unanticipated expenses causing additional worry during this trying time.
- Through the generosity of donors, employees of Mass General Brigham and its member institutions who have experienced financial hardship and meet certain income criteria will be eligible to apply for a one-time grant of up to $1,000. No repayment will be necessary, and the grant is tax-free.
- Grants can be used to support employees who face financial hardships as a result of COVID-19 such as:
- Serious illness or injury of an employee or an immediate family member
- Reduced household income
- Eviction, rent, utilities, household expenses
- Increased costs associated with child care or transportation due to additional work demands
- Other significant expenses resulting from COVID-19
Guides to Reaching Financial Assistance by Telephone
Information on MA Utilities During the Pandemic
- Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
- Suspended shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in effect until further notice.
- Will also offer its most flexible payment plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 and will suspend late payment charges until May 1.
- Suspending disconnection of service for non-payment; Eliminating late payment charges.
- Also offering a flexible payment plan with no down payment for any past-due amount
- National Grid
- Temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit Union Assistance
Care Act and Other COVID-19 Regulatory Supports
Emergency Assistance and Community Support
211 is the United Way helpline!
In collaboration with the Department of Public Health, United Way’s Mass 2-1-1 statewide consumer hotline will provide consumer help during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Individuals can dial 2-1-1 for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus, including information on where they can access flexible funds through the COVID-19 Family Support Fund.
Be Alert for COVID-related Fraud Targeting State Unemployment Insurance Programs
There has been an increase in fraud targeting state unemployment insurance programs, including here in Massachusetts, and we want to ensure that you are able to protect yourself if necessary. Across Mass General Brigham, we have received some reports of employees receiving letters via the U.S. Postal Service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance indicating that they filed a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim. If you receive this letter, it is possible that your Social Security number and other information may have been compromised. MGH Police and Security is in communication with local, state and national law enforcement agencies about this fraud and they confirmed that this is affecting many people across the Commonwealth and is not specific to Mass General Brigham employees. Recommended Steps if you received a suspicious letter:
General Unemployment Information
General Financial Assistance
- Updates from MassHealth
- MassHealth is allowing early refills and 90-day supplies of medications.
- MassHealth enrollees with active coverage as of March 18, 2020 will have protected coverage and will not be terminated during the COVID-19 outbreak national emergency and for one month after the emergency period ends. No additional paperwork will be needed.
Commercial Insurers, BCBS of MA, and HMOs
- All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary testing, treatment, and telehealth services for COVID-19. This must be provided without a copay, use of coinsurance or deductible
Pet Care and Food, Financial Resources
For more information or to discuss stress and resilience concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4327.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 05/28/2020