The FEDERAL COVID RELIEF BILL (The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021)
posted Mar 18, 2021
Funding for the state to balance its budget, and adds funds for office for aging programs.
Total new national funding is $1.4billion for Older Americans Act programs, including nutrition services, home- and community-based services, vaccination outreach, social isolation and caregiver support.
There will be new stimulus checks –
Individuals earning up to $75,000 in annual income, heads of households earning $112,500 and couples with incomes up to $150,000 would be eligible for $1,400 in cash payments.
Individuals with annual incomes of more than $80,000, heads of households earning $120,000 and couples with incomes more than $160,000 would not receive new stimulus payments.
Eligible dependents, including adult dependents, also would each get $1,400. People receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Administration (VA) and Railroad Retiree benefits would automatically receive the payment, even if they don’t normally file tax returns.
Food programs: The Community Supplemental Food Program — food packages for seniors — would receive $37 million to keep it available until Sept. 30, 2022. The 15 percent increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, would be extended.