Maryland now accepting claims, issuing payments for extended federal unemployment insurance programs

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 15:37:05-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland has begun accepting claims and issuing payments for federal Unemployment Insurance Programs, that were extended by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act.

The three programs include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

All claimants should receive an email guiding them on whether they should file their weekly claim certification, reopen their claim, or reapply for benefits for the week ending January 2 through their BEACON 2.0 portal.

Anyone eligible to receive benefits will automatically receive the new FPUC amount of $300 in their payment as early as this week. The Maryland Department of Labor says claimants should experience no gap in benefit eligibility or payment.

Since the system’s soft launch on January 3 -- over 194,000 weekly claim certifications have been filed and over 34,000 claimants have reopened their claim.

Approximately $43 million from the FPUC program, $25 million from the PUA program, and $11 million from the PEUC program have already been paid to claimants, according to the state.

Because WMAR-2 works for you, we've put together this guide to help with any unemployment issues you or someone you know may be facing.