Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Wealth
Economics

Millions of Americans Are Missing Out on Stimulus ‘Survival’ Checks

An estimated 8 million Americans were cut from the most recent round of Covid-19 relief payments, in the interest of targeting money to those who need it most.

Economic Stimulus Package Tax Rebate Checks Printed

Photographer: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images 

Last year, Russell Robinson and his family received about $2,000 in stimulus money. He was looking forward to another check for $2,000 that President Joe Biden in January promised would arrive soon.

But after Democrats slimmed down eligibility for the checks, he, his wife and three children didn’t make the cut this time. It’s not that Robinson needs the cash. The risk consultant, 43, from Kansas City, Missouri, remained employed throughout the pandemic.