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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, check out helpful resources for people with disabilities.

COVID-19 has changed how we all live our lives. You have a right to information that explains COVID-19 in a way that helps you make informed choices about how and where you spend your time. Start here:

Being laid off or losing health insurance through your employer are life events that qualify you to enroll in health coverage through MNsure. Learn more at the MNsure website.

If you have insurance through MNsure and your income has gone down, be sure to report it. You may be eligible for an advanced premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions.

If you qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare or you're a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, you're eligible for year-round enrollment.

If you have MA-EPD, see frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and MA-EPD (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

If you use PCA services, consider these action steps for PCA users in response to coronarvirus.

If you can't access your waiver services because of social distancing, find out if remote support (real-time, two-way communication) may be available by phone or computer. Discuss service options with your case manager. Read more about waivers and modifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Normally, a parent or spouse can't be paid to provide PCA services. The rules are different during the COVID-19 pandemic, though. From December 1, 2020, through February 7, 2021, parents, stepparents, legal guardians and spouses can be paid to provide temporary PCA services to a minor child or spouse. They must meet the same requirements as other PCAs. For example, a person who is the responsible party for their child or spouse can't also be the worker. To get started, contact the PCA agency to complete the enrollment process.

Unemployment benefits are available to people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, even if you get SSI or SSDI. All workers affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits. The unemployment insurance program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits. You can apply for unemployment benefits online. To learn more, watch this benefits video on COVID-19 and unemployment insurance (04:09).

Eligibility information for the second economic impact payment is available from the Social Security Administration

Check Minnesota benefits information and sign up for COVID-19 email alerts from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

You can't be evicted if you can't pay your rent due to COVID-19. Read about renters' rights during the pandemic and the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program.

For now, most utility providers have suspended utility disconnects. Check with your utility provider for details. You might also check with the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

You might be able to get COVID-19 emergency food support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also find food and nutrition resources related to COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Hunger Solutions helps families and kids find free meals during school closures. Meals on Wheels meal delivery can provide meals to those at high risk during the pandemic regardless of ability to pay.

You can use Metro Mobility grocery delivery to pick up your groceries and deliver them to your house.

To find out about COVID-19, check out COVID-19 information by and for people with disabilities (PDF) and what you need to know about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get simple tips to stop the spread of COVID-19 (PDF). You can also watch these videos: 

If you think you have COVID-19:

  • Stay home while you're sick. This keeps you from accidentally spreading COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk of serious complications.
  • If you're older or have underlying medical conditions, let your health care team know that you're sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your illness gets worse (for example, if you have trouble breathing). Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Use the CDC's coronavirus self-checker to make decisions about seeking medical care. If you have other concerns, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-657-3903.
  • Take a COVID-19 test. Minnesota offers free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people with or without symptoms. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it. Learn more about the COVID-19 Test at Home program from the Minnesota Department of Health.

To find out if you've been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19, use the COVIDaware MN app.

To find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, watch this video from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center provides COVID-19 vaccine information in plain language.

To find a virtual support group, start with Facebook. To find a group that might be right for you, search the groups section using words like "AA" or "mental health." Also consider any of these mental health resources: