FEMA Approves Additional $300/Week in Unemployment Benefits for Marylanders

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) approved Maryland’s application to provide unemployed Marylanders with an additional $300 per week in benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance program.

Now that the application has been approved, the Maryland Department of Labor will work with the federal administration to implement the program with the plan to begin distributing the additional benefits by the end of September.

From the press release:

“We sincerely appreciate FEMA’s quick approval of our application so that we can provide additional relief to struggling Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “Our Labor team will now work with the federal administration to implement this new program so that we can distribute these benefits. It is important to recognize that this is only a stopgap, and we continue to urge Congress to come together and approve federal aid for the states to help support our economic recovery.”

Eligible claimants will receive the $300 per week in benefits retroactive to the first week of August and ending now later than December 26, 2020. Claimants will not need to file a new application to receive LWA benefits.

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