Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Thursday (March 19, 2020) a series of new actions taken to assist Hoosiers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The following is a list of actions announced today:
- All Indiana schools will remain closed until at least May 1. The Governor did not go so far as to cancel school for the rest of the year.
- The state of Indiana will delay state income tax payments from April 15 to July 15.
- Unemployment benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.
- No residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.
- Participants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.
- The commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums.
- The commissioner will request that health insurers not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.
In addition, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today asked Hoosiers to be wary of scams during the coronavirus pandemic. “Scammers capitalize on challenging times like this to prey on innocent consumers,” Hill said in a release. “Falling victim to a scam during this pandemic could have irreversible consequences.”
The Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is actively communicating with health departments, health clinics and retail outlets to stay on top of potential scams and concerns. Cyber scams involving emails or text messages related to the coronavirus have already been reported.
Hill offered these tips to stay vigilant:
- Treat any emails or texts with subject lines or information about coronavirus with caution.
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
- Always verify the email addresses of those who send you emails.
- Use trusted, legitimate government websites to obtain up-to-date information.
- Don’t reveal personal or financial information via email or text message.
- Verify the authenticity of a charity before donating money.
- Avoid fraudulent products that claim to test for, prevent or treat coronavirus.