15 February 2009

Stimulus Bill Extends and Increases Jobless Benefits.

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As many of you may have seen in the news, the Senate and House voted in favor of the economic stimulus legislation. You can read about the details below which include a $25 per week increase for everyone receiving UI benefits and a new government subsidy to help workers get health care by paying for 65 percent of their health benefits obtained through the COBRA law.

A provision added at the last minute is likely to be of particular interest to unemployedworkers.org members. The final package included reforms that could help as many 850,000 workers get additional benefits after they run out of EUC this spring.

This is result of changes to the Federal Extended Benefits program (EB) which could provide 13-20 weeks of extra benefits after EUC depending on the state's unemployment rate and state law provisions.

NELP will be working hard to make sure states change their laws so that as many as workers as possible can get these benefits. We'll be posting more about this soon. You can see where your state stands now by viewing the table below. All of us at NELP appreciate the major stresses facing today's unemployed, but hope that this federal action will ease the challenges you and your families are facing.

Sincerely, Andy, Maurice, Judy, Christine, Rick & Debbie
National Employment Law Project

NELP Press Release: HERE. Extended Benefits (EB) Summary: HERE. P.S. NELP has been having problems with its unemployedworkers.org website. While we are fixing those problems, we encourage you to visit here for more information, and we hope to have the unemployedworkers.org site fixed by late next week.


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