March 16, 2021
American Rescue Plan Provides COVID-19 Relief and Extends Medicaid Postpartum Coverage
By: Molly Giammarco, MPP | 0 Comments
The American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides $1.9T in COVID-19 stimulus provisions and extends postpartum-coverage periods for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.
The ARP allows states to extend pregnancy- and postpartum-related coverage for women enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP to 12-months postpartum. States will have the option to expand coverage for five years, beginning April 1, 2021. Previously, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries received coverage for 60-days postpartum. States that extend Medicaid-postpartum coverage must also do so for their CHIP programs.
Direct Stimulus Checks
Individuals earning up to $75K adjusted gross income and couples (joint-tax filers) earning up to $150K will receive $1,400/person. Those with dependents (claimed on 2019 tax returns) will receive an additional $1,400/dependent. This includes full-time students through age 24 and adult dependents. The ARP phases out direct payments for those earning more than $75K, and caps direct payments at $80K for individuals, $112K for single parents, and $160K for couples.
Those eligible for unemployment assistance (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) will continue to receive $300/week through September 6, 2021. The first $10,200 of these payments will be tax-exempt for households earning less than $150K. Recipients who withheld taxes on these benefits in 2020 will receive refunds via their 2020 tax returns. The ARP fully subsidizes COBRA premiums for unemployed workers through September 30, 2021.
Child Tax Credit
The ARP increases and extends the existing child-tax credit to $3K for children ages 6 through 17 and $3,600 for children under age six, per year. These credits phase out when income exceeds $75K for individuals and $150K for households. Eligible families will receive up to $300/child/month from July 2021 through December 2021.
Small Business and Industry Support
The law allocates $7.25B to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses and some non-profit organizations, and $15B for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The ARP does not extend the PPP’s March 31, 2021 application deadline.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Support
The law includes $7.5B to facilitate COVID-19 vaccines, $46B to diagnose and track COVID-19 infections, and $2B to procure and distribute testing supplies and personal protective equipment.
Eviction Bans and Rental Assistance
The ARP provides $25B for emergency rental support. The law does not extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums that expire on March 31, 2021, but allocates funds for emergency rental assistance and housing vouchers.
Contact Molly Giammarco, Lamaze Senior Manager for Policy & Government Relations, about the ARP or other COVID-19 relief questions.
About Molly Giammarco
Molly Giammarco has consulted for professional healthcare associations for more than eight years. As Lamaze International’s Senior Manager for Policy & Government Relations, Molly monitors legislation regulations related to maternal and child health, as well as advises the Lamaze Advocacy + Collaboration Committee.
Molly received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and her master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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