New stimulus check qualifications? How the eligibility requirements might change

The proposals for who may or may not qualify for a second stimulus check are coming into focus.


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If you’re wondering when you might receive a second stimulus check or if you’ll even be eligible, your fate will be decided when Washington lawmakers reach an agreement on the next economic rescue package.

One area where Republicans, Democrats and the White House seem to see eye-to-eye is a second direct payment, though we don’t yet know if the qualifications will change from how they’re currently presented in the HEALS Act, which Senate Republicans proposed last Monday as a response to the Democrats’ Heroes Act and a follow-up to the CARES Act from March.

The HEALS Act mostly follows the guidelines that the CARES Act set for the first stimulus check, making a new allowance of $500 for some dependents who were left out of the last round of payments, but otherwise excluding more people than the Democratic-backed Heroes Act suggested and for less potential relief money for families overall.

As the debate rages on, take a peek at what we know about who may or may not be included in the next round of stimulus payments.

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