New Affordable Care Act Opportunities

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Photo by pina messina on Unsplash. Two major recent developments with the Affordable Care Act: a Special Enrollment Period is open until August 15, and coverage costs less. Our last several weeks of blog posts have been about health insurance and medical bills. Two weeks ago we got into the topic of health insurance and bankruptcy. Last week was a … Read More

Free Health Insurance for 6 Months

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doctor ready to provide health care

Have you lost a job, and with it your employer-based health insurance? You can get 6 months of that insurance for free starting April 1. Last month’s American Rescue Plan Act included the $1,400 stimulus payments, expanded unemployment insurance, and many other benefits. One other less well-known benefit pays your health insurance if you’ve lost your job and your health … Read More

$600 Pandemic Relief Payments Protected

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Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash. The $600 pandemic relief payments now being distributed are protected from the reach of bankruptcy trustees, with some timing considerations. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act (CCA) became law on December 27, 2020. It is reportedly the longest single bill that Congress has passed. Within its 5,593 pages are about 15 pages of temporary changes … Read More

$600 Pandemic Relief Payments Are Coming

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$600 cash

Photo by Alexander Mils on Unsplash. Now that Trump did sign the new pandemic relief law, and the increase to $2,000 is not happening, when and how are the $600 payments coming? Last Sunday (on December 27) President Trump signed the pandemic relief law that Congress had passed 6 days earlier. Because between its passage and before signing he’d surprisingly … Read More

Trump DOES Sign Pandemic Relief Law

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signing signature

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash. Unexpectedly Trump did not sign the new pandemic relief law last week. Then after multiple objections, he unexpectedly signed it Sunday night. Late last weekend (on December 20) Congress announced it had a deal on a new pandemic relief law. That agreement was the topic of our blog post last week. Since our last … Read More

Congress Agrees to New Pandemic Relief

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money for relief

Photo by Blogging Guide on Unsplash. Congressional leaders finally announced an agreement for new pandemic relief, extending unemployment benefits and new stimulus payments. On Sunday evening, December 20, 2020, the U.S. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders announced that they finally agreed on a new pandemic relief package. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the following on the floor of the Senate: … Read More

Trump’s $400 Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash. On August 8 Trump signed a Memorandum extending federal unemployment benefits, at $400 per week. Is this really happening? A Quick History of the Federal Unemployment Benefits The CARES Act’s $600 per week additional federal unemployment benefits expired on July 31, 2020. Section 2104 of the CARES Act.  Back in May the U.S. House … Read More