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    Federally-Funded Extended Benefits Extended Through March 10

    Agency: Unemployment Insurance Agency

    January 6, 2012 - Congress has approved a two-month extension for federally-funded unemployment benefits. As a result of the new legislation, the Extended Benefit (EB) program in Michigan will now expire the week ending March 10, 2012, instead of January 7, 2012. Additionally, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will continue to accept applications up until that same date.

    The EB program, which began in January 2009, had been paying up to 20 weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits in Michigan to those who exhausted their state and EUC benefits. The Agency has begun notifying those in the EB program that the expiration has been extended to the week ending March 10, 2012.

    The federally-funded EUC program and its four tiers provide up to 53 weeks of unemployment benefits to jobless workers who deplete their state unemployment benefits. Eligibility dates for each tier of EUC are listed below:


    UI Federal Claims

    Maximum Weeks of Benefits Provided

    Eligibility Deadline for Starting This Type of UI Claim

    1st Tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    Pays up to 20 weeks of EUC benefits to those who exhaust their state unemployment benefits.

     

    March 3, 2012

    2nd Tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    Pays up to 14 weeks of EUC to those exhausting Tier I.

     

    March 10, 2012

    3rd Tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    Pays up to 13 weeks of EUC to those exhausting Tier II.

     

    March 10, 2012

    4th Tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    Pays up to 6 weeks of benefits of EUC to those exhausting Tier III.

     

    March 10, 2012

    There are several ways for unemployed workers to check the balance on their claims. Claimants who have online Claim Web Accounts can go to their web account and see how many weeks they have remaining. Claimants can also call the MARVIN system at 1-866-638-3993 and press option 2. Individuals who want to register for an online web account can access the portal by visiting www.michigan.gov/uia and then selecting the link "UIA Online Services for Unemployed Workers."

    The expiration of the federally-funded programs will not affect the state's unemployment benefit program, which will continue to provide up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who are newly unemployed and meet the program's eligibility requirements. Those who are newly unemployed as of January 15, 2012, and meet the program's eligibility requirements will be eligible for up to 20 weeks of state unemployment benefits.

    Additional information about the end of EB and EUC is available on the UIA website (www.michigan.gov/uia). In addition, the Agency has also established a toll-free number (1-866-MI-HELPS) for people to call for pre-recorded information about the extension programs. Individuals nearing the end of their unemployment benefits may also visit the state's Helping Hand website (www.michigan.gov/helping hand) for information about family support, housing, health care, jobs and training, and other services. People can also go online to apply for food assistance and to determine if they may be eligible for certain types of public assistance.

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    Questions and Answers Regarding the Current Status of Federal Unemployment Extensions

    What types of programs does Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency administer?

    The Agency administers the State's unemployment insurance program (up to 26 weeks), and two federally-funded unemployment programs, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (up to 53 weeks) and Extended Benefits (up to 20 weeks).

    How many claimants are currently receiving unemployment benefits through Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency? 

    As of December 1, 2011, approximately 232,000 claimants are currently certifying for benefits in Michigan.

    What are the new expiration dates for the federally-funded programs?

    The federally-funded Extended Benefits (EB) program will expire on March 10, 2012. Additionally, the Agency will also cease accepting applications for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program on that same date.

    How many claimants will be affected if federal legislation is not passed by Congress to extend benefits beyond March?

    At least 112,000 claimants' EUC and EB benefits will be immediately impacted by March 1, 2012.

    How does a claimant determine how many remaining weeks of benefits he/she receives?

    Claimants can access this information online through their Claimant Web Account or call MARVIN (Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network) at 1-866-638-3993 and select option 2. Who is eligible for federal extension benefits? Federal extension benefits are designed to provide further income support to eligible unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long period of time. The new legislation makes March 3, 2012, the deadline for filing a first federal extension of benefits, once a regular unemployment insurance claim runs out. The deadline for filing a second, third, or fourth federal extension of benefits is March 10, 2012, once the prior level of extension runs out.

    Do claimants need to reapply for the second, third, and fourth federal extensions?

    Once claimants have collected all benefits payable on their current federal extension, he/she may be eligible to file the next federal extension in the series. If he/she is eligible to file the next federal extension in the series, UIA will send him/her notification advising that he/she is eligible for additional benefits.

    How are the federal programs paid for?

    The federal government funds both the EUC and EB programs. This means most Michigan employers will not be charged for any EUC extended benefits paid to claimants. However, governmental entities, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and a few other entities as outlined in the Employer Extended Benefit Cost Web page, are always charged for 100 percent of EB extension benefits paid whenever this program is active.

    Q & A's Updated 1/2/12

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