American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) is a federal benefit package that extends some provisions of the Continued Assistance Act from March 14, 2021, through Sept. 4, 2021.
ARP extends the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit programs for people receiving unemployment benefits through Sept. 4, 2021.
Right now, we are waiting on official rules for the benefit extensions approved by the U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL). We are prioritizing the programs that impact the most people first and we will share details as they develop.
The following is our priority list:
Extending $300 FPUC benefits to the week ending Sept. 4
Extending PUA from 50 weeks of benefits to 79 weeks of benefits
Extending PEUC from 24 weeks of benefits to 53 weeks of benefits
Adding a new program, Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), for people who have W2 wages AND self-employment income of at least $5,000
Providing FPUC payments to approximately 6,000 people who had to have their claims moved to avoid an overpayment
We are also extending reimbursement for the waiting week through Sept. 4, 2021.
For more information about the American Rescue Plan, please refer to these resources:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs (In the process of updating)
Our next webinar is at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18. It will focus on the American Rescue Act and PUA benefit extensions.