Public Benefits During the Pandemic: An Update for Late 2021
The pandemic has caused major changes to public benefits. Most recently, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and policy changes at the federal level have greatly shifted the benefit landscape. Here is your chance to learn how the changes will affect people you serve.
1. Learn how renters and homeowners can avoid losing their homes through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Homeowner Assistance Fund
2. Review the four types of pandemic unemployment benefits, what happens now that they have ended (on September 6 or earlier, depending on the state), how people who filed claims before benefits ended may still get retroactive benefits, and how much of these benefits will NOT be taxable
3. Explore the multiple changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit amounts
4. Find out the details of the most recent federal economic impact (stimulus) payments, including how people can get these payments who have not yet received them
5. Understand improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit
6. Study the increases in premium tax credits (subsidies) for people enrolled in Obamacare health insurance plans
7. Discover financial assistance for people who continued their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage through COBRA
9. Get a reminder about continuing Medicaid during the pandemic…even for people who lose eligibility
Trainer: Michael Dalto has delivered training on disability benefits from Social Security and related work incentives for over 30 years. He created a state benefits planning certification in Maryland and trained and supported 60 benefits planners using over 50 original training sessions. He has consulted with organizations including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston University and Griffin-Hammis Associates. Michael directs High Note Consulting, LLC.