The American Bailout People Difference
The ARP has fueled the historic recovery in jobs – with the largest calendar increase in jobs on record, unemployment down to 3.8% and record declines in Hispanic unemployment and youth unemployment – and ensured fewer scars than any memory recovery.
Reduce health care costs and increase health coverage
- 14.5 million Americans – never again – subscribes to ACA market plans due, on average, 50% premium cost reduction for loyal consumers.
- Nationally, existing consumers with a selection of new or updated plans after ARP saved an average of $67 (or 50%) per consumer per month on premiums, totaling $537 million per month in savings. In twenty states and the District of Columbia, existing consumers saved more than $75 per monthon average, due to the ARP.
- 5.8 million more Americans have health insurance today than a year ago. Between 2016 and 2019, 3.6 million Americans lost blanket.
- A family of four saves an average of $2,400 on their annual premiums. Four out of five consumers could find quality coverage for less than $10 a month.
Investing in mental health:
- $3 billion invested in expanding access to mental health and state-level substance abuse services – largest one-time investment in history for mental health and addiction programs.
- Billions more in US bailout funding are being used to address mental health issues affecting our children, including hiring social workers and school counsellors. With the help of American Rescue Plan K-12 funding, schools have already seen a 65% increase in the number of social workers and a 17% increase in the number of counselors.
- Distributed 200 million vaccines, and millions of therapies using ARP dollars.
- 375 million home tests per month now available; before ARP, no home tests.
- $14.5 billion to fight COVID for American veterans, including support for 37,000 homeless veterans.
Bring the kids back to school
- Today, 99% of schools are open. Before ARP, only 46% of schools were open in person.
- Major investments in keeping schools open, addressing learning loss and addressing mental health issues: Independent experts estimate, based on school district plans, that 59% of school districts use ARP funds to hire/retain teachers and counselors, 35% use ARP funds to hire/retain psychologists and mental health, and 52% use ARP funds for HVAC and ventilation.
- A survey by the School Superintendents Association indicated 82% of superintendents plan to use the funds to improve social, emotional, mental and physical health and development.
Supporting working families
- Expanding the Child Tax Credit for Working Families – Helping to reach record levels of child poverty.
- CTC 2021 will reach a register nearly 40 million families with 65 million children.
- Expanded credit of $3,000 for children 6 to 17 and $3,600 for children under 6
- Experts believe that the The Child Tax Credit was the main driver of the US bailout, driving child poverty to record levels in 2021– including the record poverty of black and Hispanic children.
- Economic Impact Payments for the Vast Majority of Americans
- Over 170 million Economic Impact Payments to 85% of all Americans – including a supplement More than 19 million payments to Social Security recipients, 3 million payments to SSI recipients, and 320,000 payments to veterans who would not have received these benefits under normal tax reporting requirements.
- Guaranteed kids won’t go hungry in the summer
- Estimated at 30 million children fueled with the first national summer supplemental nutrition program – more than 10 times higher than 2019 summer meals for children.
- Unprecedented emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention
- Over 4 million Emergency rental assistance payments to tenants in a single year – by orders of magnitude, the largest eviction prevention effort in history.
- Eviction requests at only 60% of historical averages in 5 months after CDC moratorium – even though some had predicted a tsunami of evictions.
- More than doubled the amount of LIHEAP – the largest ever to help cover heating and cooling costs for over 5 million homes
Helping people get back to work
- Most one-time support services for child care providers to keep them open and operational
- 150,000+ suppliers supported so far by stabilization payments for childcare, the greatest support ever offered to child care providers.
- Over 5 million children served by these providers.
- Expanded earned income tax credit for workers
- EITC tripled for 17 million workers without dependent children from $540 to $1,500 – the first increase since 1993 – and extended the credit to younger and older workers.
- Helping millions of frontline workers: This expansion will help nearly 1.8 million cashiers and retailers; nearly a million cooks and food preparation workers; and more than 850,000 nurses and orderlies, 500,000 janitors, 400,000 truck and delivery drivers and 300,000 child care workers.
- Putting Americans Back to Work with State and Local Investments
- More than half of states and dozens of cities across the country have invested in the workforce developmentlearning, training and bonuses for essential workers – with bonus to nearly 750,000 essential workers.
- State and local governments added 467,000 jobs in 2021 – best year since 2001.
Faithful to our Veterans:
- ARP has provided resources to veterans currently receiving housing assistanceincluding an estimate 37,000 homeless veterans.
- ARP waived health care co-payment fees for 2.5 million veterans during the pandemic – worth $1 billion.
- The expansion of the ARP Child Tax Credit meant that approximately 5 million children in veteran and active duty families receive credit for 2021according to CBPP estimates.
- ARP has invested in the health care of 16,000 veterans with ARP funds for the operations of 158 State Veterans Homes and for State Veterans Home renovations and capital projects.
- Funding from the ARP enables the Veterans Benefits Administration for reduce the backlog of claims from 212,000 in March 2021 to 100,000 by September 2022.
Saving and transforming our communities:
- Dozens of cities and 21 states have already committed ARP fiscal stimulus funds for public safety, including critical investments in gun crime prevention – hire and retain officers for community policing and invest in critical technologies to address the rise in gun crime and other violent crimes, and support evidence-based interventions in community violence and youth summer employment.
- State, Local, Education, and HUD Investments in Affordable Housing and Homelessness:
- The ARP Ministry of Education program to provide services and enable full attendance for homeless students will reach 1.5 million children.
- ARP added about 70,000 emergency vouchers to the rental market via HUD.
- ARP has funded a new housing counseling program which is expected to provide 80,000 housing counseling sessions.
- About half of cities and states invest a portion of their state and local funds in housing assistance and investments – from New Jersey’s $750 million eviction prevention and utility program to Austin and Travis County’s $200 million ARP investment in a comprehensive plan to address its homelessness crisis .
- Broadband investments underway across the country: 20 states have already invested fiscal stimulus funds to expand broadband access – in addition to the $10 billion capital projects fund that they can use to help ensure that all communities have access to the modern, high-quality infrastructure needed to access essential services, including broadband.
- While more are on the way, states and territories have already announced approximately $9 billion in ARP investments to expand high-speed Internet access.
- Long-needed investments in drinking water: with 21 states have already committed fiscal stimulus funds to improve water and sewer infrastructure, including removing lead pipes.
- Even with more on the way, states and territories have already announced $7.5 billion in ARP funds for water and sewer improvements.
Providing permanent tax relief to families in Puerto Rico
- Made hundreds of thousands of families in Puerto Rico eligible for CTC for the first time – previously ~90% of families excluded from the CTC.
- First-ever federal support for Puerto Rico’s EITC, more than triple workers’ benefits.
The greatest support ever given to tribal communities
- $32 billion to tribal communities and indigenous peoplesthe the biggest in aid of tribal governments the story.