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  • IRS provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).

    Notice 2021-31 provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under COBRA. The American Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100% reduction in the premium that individuals would have to pay when they elect COBRA continuation health coverage following a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of employment. The new law provides a correspondi
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  • USDA to Purchase 159.4 Million Dollars in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Purchase $159.4 Million in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes, and nuts for distribution to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (Pub. L. 74-320), as amended (Section 32). This is one of many actions USDA is taking to address the disruptions in the food system supply chain and worsened food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impacts of COVID-19 reverberated from our farms to our oceans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “U.S. fisher...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes 742 Million Dollars to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes $742 Million to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it has distributed $742 million to 42 states and 3 territories through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). A part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, HAF was designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Today there are over 3 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, and the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s already severe housing affordability crisis,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury is focused on ensuring the American economy re...
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  • HHS Awards 40 Million Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $40 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Today, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week, and thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $40 million in emergency home visiting funds to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to support children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive, high quality, voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to children and families living in communities at risk for...
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  • IRS issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to carryovers or an extended period for incurring claims generally are not taxable. The guidance also illustrates the interaction of this standard with the one-year increase in the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care benefits from $5,000 to $10,500 for the 2021 taxable year under the American Rescue Plan Act. Because of the pandemic, many people were unable to use the money they set aside in their dependent care assistance programs in 2020 and 2021. Generally, under these plans, an employer allows its employees to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax wages...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional 21.6 Billion Dollars in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional $21.6 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation | site |



    Treasury says today’s announcement includes strengthened guidance to expedite resources and prevent evictions due to the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by Covid-19


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced the allocation of an additional $21.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan for Emergency Rental Assistance, which will help prevent evictions and ensure basic housing security for millions of Americans impacted by the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. In addition to this financial support, Treasury issued updated, st
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  • HUD announces Disaster Assistance for Victims of Texas Severe Winter Storm

    HUD announces Disaster Assistance for Victims of Texas Severe Winter Storm

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announces Disaster Assistance for Victims of Texas Severe Winter Storm | site |



    Foreclosure protections in place for homeowners in Presidentially Declared Major Disaster Areas


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the implementation of federal disaster assistance for the State of Texas to provide support to homeowners and homebuyers in areas affected by the Severe Winter Storm. On February 19, 2021, President Biden issued a major disaster declaration for the following counties in Texas: Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend,
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  • U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses

    U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor dated: February 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new monthly series of career workshops to provide employment assistance to transitioning military spouses. Participation is free and classes are open to all transitioning military spouses. The launch follows a successful pilot program in October 2020.

    The workshops are part of the department’s Transition Assistance Program series targeted at helping military spouses plan and prepare for their job search in pursuit of their employment goals. Offered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the workshops are part of the Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses’ curriculum.

    Registration is now
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  • Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 22, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities will begin offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability. “Caregivers play a critical role in caring for some of our most vulnerable Veterans,” said VA Acting Under Secretary for Health Richard A. Stone, M.D. “One of the most important things we can do for caregivers is to help them take care of themselves. The current pandemic has am...
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  • USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: January 15, 2021) (Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response...
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  • OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination

    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has worked collaboratively with the State of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service to revise each entity’s crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines to reflect best practices for serving individuals with disabilities and the elderly. This builds on OCR's prior work regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. OCR enforces a number of federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, th...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches 25 Billion Dollars Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches $25 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program | site |


    Opens Portal to Begin Disbursement of Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments



    Washington - - On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The ERAP assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian tribes (defined to include certain Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe (collectively, “eligible grantees”). Eligible grantees must use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly...
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  • Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA

    Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA

    Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA | site |


    FEMA says "Survivors of Major August, September Wildfires Must Demonstrate Ongoing Need"


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: December 17, 2020)

    Sacramento, Calif. – If you are a California survivor of the recent wildfires receiving rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, let FEMA know if you have a continuing need.

    Rental assistance is for paying rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home. To continue to receive it, you must prove an ongoing need, which may be that suitable housing is not available, or that your permanent housing plan has not been completed through no fault of your own.

    You may qualify for continued assistance if you:
    • Demonstrate your disaster-related financial need; and
    • Show you are developing
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  • HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than 10 Billion Dollars in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than $10 Billion in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a major milestone for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has now facilitated more than $10 billion in capital investment since the program’s inception to improve or replace 140,000 public housing units – the majority of which house extremely low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Read more about RAD’s $10 billion milestone. Today, RAD is leveraging $12.57 for every dollar of public housing funding appropriated by Congress, significantly expanding the ability of local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve
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  • FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
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    IRS provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage
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    U.S. Internal Revenue Service provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).

    Notice 2021-31 provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under COBRA. The American Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100% reduction in the premium that individuals would have to pay when they elect COBRA continuation health coverage following a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of employment. The new law provides a correspondi
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    05-18-2021, 11:41 PM
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    USDA to Purchase 159.4 Million Dollars in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Purchase $159.4 Million in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes, and nuts for distribution to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (Pub. L. 74-320), as amended (Section 32). This is one of many actions USDA is taking to address the disruptions in the food system supply chain and worsened food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impacts of COVID-19 reverberated from our farms to our oceans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “U.S. fisher...
    05-15-2021, 07:38 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes 742 Million Dollars to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes $742 Million to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it has distributed $742 million to 42 states and 3 territories through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). A part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, HAF was designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Today there are over 3 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, and the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s already severe housing affordability crisis,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury is focused on ensuring the American economy re...
    05-14-2021, 07:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Awards 40 Million Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $40 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Today, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week, and thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $40 million in emergency home visiting funds to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to support children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive, high quality, voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to children and families living in communities at risk for...
    05-12-2021, 07:07 AM
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    IRS issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to carryovers or an extended period for incurring claims generally are not taxable. The guidance also illustrates the interaction of this standard with the one-year increase in the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care benefits from $5,000 to $10,500 for the 2021 taxable year under the American Rescue Plan Act. Because of the pandemic, many people were unable to use the money they set aside in their dependent care assistance programs in 2020 and 2021. Generally, under these plans, an employer allows its employees to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax wages...
    05-11-2021, 01:44 AM

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