The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the funding of additional unemployment benefits under the federal Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance (LWA) program for Massachusetts. This is after the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) applied last week in coordination with the Department of Unemployment Assistance.
Massachusetts applicants will be granted access to an additional $300 a week in addition to their current unemployment benefits. The funding is retroactive for all claimants eligible for minimum levels of unemployment for the first three weeks of August and is anticipated to be paid out on or around 9/15/20. This interim payment replaces the additional $600 that recipients had been receiving up until the end of July. Whether or not this will be extended beyond this three-week period remains a hotly debated topic.
Claimants currently receiving benefits do not need to take any action as the funding will be automatically added to their weekly benefit payment, retroactive to the dates they are eligible.
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