Governor Edward G. Rendell today said Pennsylvanians who are out of work through no fault of their own now may qualify for two more months of emergency unemployment compensation and health care coverage through the COBRA premium reduction.For more information, click here.
Legislation signed by President Obama on Dec. 19 extends the qualification period for federal emergency unemployment compensation, or EUC, and the $25 weekly Federal Additional Compensation payment through Feb. 28, 2010. The continuation of the EUC program allows eligible Pennsylvanians to apply for six additional weeks of benefits that had been included in previous legislation.
Individuals who believe they qualify should simply continue filing their biweekly claims. Claimants will be contacted by the Department of Labor & Industry if any additional information is needed.
Individuals who exhaust their maximum of 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits by Feb. 20, 2010, may qualify for EUC benefits. The maximum amount of EUC benefits an individual can receive is 53 weeks. The last payable week of EUC benefits is the week ending July 31, 2010.
After exhausting EUC benefits, individuals may be eligible to receive a maximum of 20 weeks of state extended benefits. Overall, Pennsylvanians now may be eligible for total of 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. Additional information is available online at www.uc.pa.gov
The federal legislation also extended the eligibility period for the COBRA premium reduction through Feb. 28, 2010, and expanded from nine to 15 months the maximum period for receiving the subsidy.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
PA extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation, COBRA
From the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor: