|COVID-19 Update | November 29, 2020
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Last week, the White House announced that, in order to prevent a surge of virus cases, they suggest measures such as encouraging masks and staying vigilant by social distancing and avoiding large casual social gatherings.
Dr. Fauci also stated that while cases have recently risen, the country will not reinstate a national lockdown.
In Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson has taken measures to ensure that every Arkansan may continue to practice their freedom of religion, while adhering to a mask mandate and other necessary precautions, in order to protect others.
Many churches currently rope off every other pew and require that worshippers wear a mask for the entirety of the service. In cases such as these, Arkansans may still protect one another, yet maintain their freedom of religion.
When there are other preventative measures in place to retain the spread of the virus, it is wrong for governors to deny worshippers their First Amendment rights. The liberties enshrined in the Constitution still apply to every American, even in the middle of a national emergency.
Central Arkansans have displayed their resiliency while weathering the storm of COVID-19 but are in critical need of additional support.
Congress needs to put together, and pass, a commonsense COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year.
In my interview with Fox Business on Friday, I talked about how House Republicans are prioritizing the consensus items that unite us, such as extending the Paycheck Protection Program, giving our governors the freedom to spend their states’ CARES Act money before the December 31 deadline, and helping our families, who are living on unemployment, feel secure about the level of unemployment compensation for which they are eligible.
I call upon Speaker Pelosi to listen to Members from both sides of the aisle who, on behalf of the Americans they represent, want to see immediate action on relief.
Any person who has missed the November 21st deadline will need to wait until next year and claim it as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return.
Those who received their original EIP by direct deposit will also have any supplemental payment direct deposited to the same account. Others will receive a check.
If you missed the November 21st deadline, you may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021. You will be eligible for receiving a payment if you did not register online or by mail and did not receive a payment in 2020, or, you received a payment, but it wasn’t the full amount of the EIP. The maximum credit for a payment is $1,200, or $2,400 if married filing jointly, along with $500 for each qualifying child.
If registering online, one may use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool.
Eligible recipients can check the status of their payments using the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov
Right now, you can enroll in or change your 2021 Marketplace health insurance. The Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2020 - December 15, 2020. Plans purchased during this period will start on January 1, 2021.
If you do not complete your enrollment by Tuesday, December 15th, you cannot get 2021 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
• Create an account HERE
• Update your application and compare plans for 2021 HERE
• Preview 2021 plans with estimates based on income HERE
The open enrollment period is also underway for Medicare and will continue until December 7, 2020. Medicare beneficiaries can review their 2021 Medicare and prescription drug plan options and change plans if they choose. Any changes will take effect on January 1, 2021.
To compare plans or select a new one, please visit HERE or call 1-800-MEDICARE.
For more information about your current plan’s costs, benefits, and rules for 2021, please visit HERE
If you are currently covered by Medicare Advantage and/or Medicare Part D, please review the Annual Notice of Change and/or Evidence of Coverage forms that you have received from your plan.
It is important to note that open enrollment is also occurring for private and employer-based insurance and that there may be more changes than usual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am proud to have a dedicated team in Arkansas who can assist you with matters involving the federal government. If you have any questions about Social Security benefits, the Internal Revenue Service, or federal healthcare programs, please contact my office at (501) 324-5941.
It is my honor to represent you in Congress.
Representative French Hill