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Information regarding COVID-19 – April 16th

Posted on April 16, 2020 by Admin


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As you all are aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has had an economic, social and communal impact we have not seen before. Both the State and Federal governments have implemented several financial programs and packages available for those effected financially from the outbreak, ranging from housing and health care to unemployment and business losses. For those who have filed for the Economic Impact Payment, you can see the status of the payment by visiting,  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

I have also received several inquiries on the status of both state and federal Unemployment Insurance claims and benefits.

CTDOL launched a new software improvement last night that will significantly increase the speed at which unemployment claim applications will be processed and paid. To receive the benefits in the fastest way possible, claimants are advised to utilize direct deposit to have their benefits sent directly to a checking or savings account of their choice.

DOL expects to begin accepting claim applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – the federal program that provides benefits for self-employed individuals and independent contractors – by April 30.

The processing for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which adds $600 in federal stimulus funds to every weekly state benefit payment, is scheduled to begin April 24. The additional funds will be included in Connecticut benefit payments the following week.

Here is more information on the 3 federal programs funded by the Federal government, but administered by the states. These programs were signed into law on March 27, 2020, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – (FPUC) This is a federally-funded emergency increase in unemployment benefits which provides an additional $600 per week to individuals who receive a weekly benefit of at least $1 in the following unemployment benefits.

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – (PUA) provides benefits to covered individuals, who are those individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC), including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Covered individuals also include self-employed, those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or PEUC.

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – (PEUC) Similar to FPUC and PUA, this program is 100% federally-funded. This program provides for up to 13 weeks of benefits beyond the customary 26 weeks to individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits under state or federal law.

For more information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unemployment benefits in Connecticut, members of the public are urged to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provided by the Connecticut Department of Lah0r

Reminder: Access Health CT special enrollment period ends Friday, April 17

Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, is reminding residents that the special enrollment period for the state’s uninsured population ends this Friday, April 17.

Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during this time. The effective date for enrollment during this special enrollment period that were completed after April 2 will be May 1.

The only way to sign up for this new special enrollment period is by calling 855-365-2428.

Individuals who experience a qualifying life event (such as losing coverage due to a job change, moving to Connecticut, getting married, having/adopting a child, etc.) or qualify for Medicaid/Children’s Health Program (CHIP) can always enroll online, including in-person or over the phone and all help is free.

For more information on the special enrollment period, visit learn.accesshealthct.com.