President Trump on March 27 signed a 2 trillion-dollar emergency stimulus package bill into law. The emergency stimulus package is meant to help Americans stay self sufficient during this Covid-19 pandemic.
The stimulus package has been passed into law and it is important to know that people living with disabilities are not left out of the stimulus package. The government recognize the fact that people with disabilities are uniquely at-risk to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and it has made adequate provisions for the disability community in the stimulus package bill.
The first provision for the disability community is the recovery rebate. Recovery rebate, a one-time cash payment will go to Americans with and without disabilities who are struggling right now. The recovery rebate will be sent from the government to all U.S. residents with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples, with a phaseout for incomes between $75,000 and $99,000 for individuals and $150,000-$198,000 for couples, who have a Social Security Number and does not depend on another taxpayer. The recovery rebate is not going to be counted against the asset limits faced by people with disabilities if spent within a year. Under the recovery rebate plan, individuals are entitled to a check of $1,200 while those who are married are entitled to $2,400, plus $500 per dependent child.
For people who are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), qualification for the recovery rebate will depend on their taxes. However, this could create a major burden for many of the poorest people with disabilities and other low-income communities, many of whom may find access to filling out tax forms a challenge.
There is also a plan for the unemployed people with disabilities. The provisions for the unemployed includes major changes and supports for the unemployment insurance (UI) system under the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). A $600 increase in the weekly payments made to unemployed Americans with or without disabilities. The new adjustment also creates a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that expands UI coverage to include self-employed workers, gig workers, and independent contractors.