5 insights to help you demystify federal benefits during COVID-19
April 08, 2020
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ICYMI, this spring we’re hosting daily webinars as part of our Industry Support learning series. The first week touched on insurance plans in the time of coronavirus, sobriety resources, crisis communication through social media, and more. Read on for tips on getting the most from government relief programs from David Candor and James Joseph of the Law Office of Arnold Porter, from COVID-specific resources to established benefits like unemployment and SNAP.
1. There are multiple situations that make you eligible for unemployment:
2. But there are also a few caveats that may disqualify you:
3. What are the benefits of the CARES Act?
4. Methods for applying for benefits vary by state—most encourage online filing, although you can apply by phone or hard copy, as well. Systems are overwhelmed right now, so keep a record of your attempts at contact in case you have trouble getting through immediately.
5. Changes to cash flow could also make you eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Eligibility depends on your current monthly finances, not your employment status or historical income. The benefit amount is based on household size and income, and applicants could receive up to $646/month.
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