For more information on COVID-19 in KY, please visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov
Individuals may apply for Medicaid by calling the Kentucky Healthcare Customer Service line toll-free at (855) 459-6328 or contacting an application assister through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website.
Read the latest updates on Medicaid here.
Apply for all public assistance programs by visiting the Benefind website or by calling the DCBS Call Center toll free at (855) 306-8959.
To see if you might be eligible for WIC, visit: WIC Screening Tool. If you think you might be eligible, contact your local health department for more information on enrolling. Local health department contact information is here.
Information about the programs created to support small businesses is available on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website at the following links: Paycheck Protection Program; Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grants; SBA Debt Relief; and SBA Express Bridge Loans.
Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance, including self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and nonprofits can now file for unemployment. Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible.
In order to efficiently process unemployment claims, Kentuckians filing for unemployment benefits should follow a schedule designating what day they can file their claim. The schedule, which is based the first initial in their last name, as can be found HERE. Individuals filing for unemployment benefits should also visit www.kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
IRS Tax Payment Deferral
Under the presidential emergency declaration, this action allows all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. On Friday, March 20, the filing deadline was moved from April 15 to July 15. Learn more here: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Local and State Tax Deferral
As a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Kenton County Fiscal Court and partnering cities have extended both the filing and payment of the Net Profit / Gross Receipts Business Returns that were originally due on April 15, 2020. The filing deadline for these returns have been extended to July 15, 2020 without penalty or interest. All Kenton County Occupational Licenses with an expiration date of April 15, 2020 will now have that expiration date extended to July 15, 2020. The License should be renewed on the return as normal.
This extension applies to the Business Net Profit / Gross Receipts Return only and does not include Quarterly Payroll Withholding returns and payments. Quarterly Payroll Withholdings Returns and payments are due at the normal filing dates.
Learn more about the state decision to defer filing and payments of state income tax, visit the Kentucky Department of Revenue website.