Half Of The $1.9 Tn Dem COVID-19 Relief Package

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Additional direct assistance:

– Giving working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person and bringing their total relief to $2,000 per person.

Supports for unemployed workers:

– Extends temporary federal unemployment and benefits through August 29, 2021.

– Increases the weekly benefit from $300 to $400.

Fairness in the tax code for families and workers:

– Enhances the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without children by nearly tripling the maximum credit and extending eligibility.

– Expands the Child Tax Credit to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for children under 6), and makes it fully refundable and advanceable.

– Expands the Child and Dependent Tax Credit (CDCTC) to allow families to claim up to half of their child care expenses.

Support health coverage and improve health care affordability:

– Reduces health care premiums for low and middle-income families by increasing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits for 2021 and 2022. Provides a subsidy for those making greater than 400% FPL. Retroactive to January 2021.

– Continuation of employer-based health coverage by subsidizing COBRA coverage through the end of the fiscal year. Provides for premium assistance of 85% for COBRA continuation coverage for eligible individuals and families from the first of the month after enactment through Sept. 31, 2021.

– Creates health care subsidies for unemployed workers who are ineligible for COBRA.

Protect the elderly and eliminate the virus in nursing homes:

– Provides skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) the tools and on-the-ground support needed to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. Give states funding to deploy strike teams to SNFs to manage outbreaks when they do occur.

– Increases public health and social services to combat abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency assistance for children, families, and workers:

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