Financial Relief and Resources
AMTA’s Government Relations team has been reaching out to federal, state and local governments about the need for financial assistance for all massage therapists. We will be updating this page with these efforts, along with additional resources to help you navigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Unemployment Resources
- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Second Stimulus Bill – December 2020)
- State-Based Updates & How to Apply for Unemployment
- CARES Act (First Stimulus Bill – March 2020)
- Additional Financial Resources
We understand that many may have questions about the unemployment portion of the federal stimulus package. We want to share what we know about unemployment insurance at this time:
- Many states need to update their systems to comply with the new rules, which for the first time in 2020 includes self-employed/independent contractors. Traditionally this demographic had not been eligible for these benefits.
- The unprecedented filing of unemployment claims and changes to the system have caused some confusion while overwhelming phone lines and causing state websites to crash.
- We know it's extremely frustrating, but please be prepared for delays when filing your claim.
- If your claim is denied, we recommend contacting your state unemployment office again to ensure they are properly equipped to handle your individual situation.
What the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (December 2020) includes for Unemployment Benefits:
- Additional unemployment insurance benefits have been reinstated through March 14, 2021.
- Those who are unemployed can file for unemployment insurance benefits and, if qualified, will receive an additional $300 per week for eleven weeks.
What the CARES Act (March 2020) included for Unemployment Benefits:
- $250 billion to expand unemployment benefits
- Self-employed and independent contractors will receive unemployment benefits
- Unemployment benefits will be more generous, adding $600 per week on top of what a state normally pays
- An additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits
- Ensures state and local governments and non-profits can pay unemployment to their employees
- Most of the unemployment provisions go through the end of 2020, in recognition of the temporary nature of this challenge
Contact your state’s unemployment insurance benefits program by clicking on your state below to learn about and apply for these benefits.
Note: due to high traffic, some state websites may temporarily be down as they update their applications to match the stimulus package. If you experience this problem for your state, please check back soon.
The AMTA team has been working to gather state-based financial resources to share with massage therapists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to check this page regularly for new information and resources that pertain to your state.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 - December 2020
Small Business Support
Direct Payments To Individuals and Families
State HealthCare Initiatives
Rental Assistance Program
Child Care Grant
Thank you to the nearly 70,000 massage therapists, along with our families, friends, clients and patients who joined AMTA’s outreach last spring to urge Congress to provide relief for our industry and the millions of other small businesses and self-employed Americans that are being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our collective voices helped educate Congress about the impact of COVID-19 on massage therapists, massage establishments, and massage schools and were part of the impetus for Congress to take additional action and address this crisis.
AMTA will continue communicating with our nation’s leaders and federal agencies and we will update you on this page as we learn more. We want to assure you that we will provide details on how to access these benefits as more information becomes available.