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COVID-19 and the Law: What Cancer Patients Need to Know **Updated April 20, 2021**

Updates on the American Rescue Plan

Links to articles summarizing key elements of the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, that may be of special interest to cancer patients, survivors, and their families:

Health Insurance Help in the COVID Relief Law

Final Coverage Provisions in the American Rescue Plan and What Comes Next

Consumer Protection

Employment

Unemployment Benefits

Health Insurance

There are many changes regarding health insurance as result of the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation that has been passed because of it.

In Minnesota, the best places for up-to-the-minute information on what insurance you might be eligible for given a change in your income, family status (birth, death, divorce), job status is MNsure.org or PorticoHealthnet.org

**Note** if you live in Minnesota, the health insurance exchange you need to visit is MNsure, not the federal site (healthcare.gov) that states without their own state-specific portal like MNsure use. You can also contact PorticoHealthnet in great confidence as they work very closely with MNsure and other nonprofits like Cancer Legal Care to help many, many people to understand the complex eligibility rules and plan differences in making these decisions.

*Failing to pay your COBRA premiums does NOT make you eligible for a special enrollment period.

Special COBRA Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

For a brief period from April 1, 2021 to September 30,2021, the American Rescue Plan Act signed in to law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 will offer special COBRA benefits to people who meet certain eligibility criteria. More details here.

Housing

  • Information and Help for Minnesotans-start here for a wealth of Minnesota specific information related to protecting your housing
  • Resources on mortgage help and renter protections-From the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
    • help for requesting forbearance or mortgage relief
    • learn what to do if you just entered mortgage forbearance, need more time, or are ready to exit
    • learn how to protect yourself from being evicted if you are a renter

For Homeowners:

For Renters:

Student Loans

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