BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts officials began mailing hundreds of thousands of checks out to low-income essential workers Monday, in the second round of the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program.
Essential workers are eligible for the $500 payments “if their 2021 income from employment was at least $13,500 and their total income put them at or below 300% of the federal poverty level,” according to a press release last month from the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration & Finance.
The first round of payments, sent in March, “provided $500 checks to approximately 480,000 people.” A tweet put out by Mass. A&F on June 1st says around 300,000 residents should receive the second round of checks.
The program is paid for with American Rescue Plan Act federal COVID relief funding.
The release says “for questions about eligibility, a dedicated call center is available at (866) 750-9803 and is open Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm.”
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