FEMA Approves Maryland’s Application for additional $300 Per Week in Federal Unemployment Benefits

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has approved the state’s application to provide unemployed Marylanders with an additional $300 per week in benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. The Maryland Department of Labor will now work with the federal administration to implement this program, with a plan to begin distributing the additional benefits by late September. 

Eligible claimants will receive the $300 per week in benefits retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020 and ending no later than December 26, 2020. To qualify for the additional $300 per week, claimants must be eligible for a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 and must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Claimants will not have to file a new application to receive LWA benefits.

This is an important step that needed to be taken, and I thank Governor Hogan for moving swiftly on this. The full release on today’s announcement can be found here: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/08/20/fema-approves-marylands-application-for-additional-300-per-week-in-federal-unemployment-benefits/

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