Additional $200 weekly payment available for those unemployed due to virus

by Lake County Leader
| November 23, 2020 7:40 PM

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock this week announced the launch of the Interim Pandemic Assistance program, directing the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) to issue an extra $200 weekly payment to unemployed Montanans impacted by COVID-19 using up to $25 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF).

Montana joins only a handful of states to use CRF funding to create a new program to supplement unemployment benefits. Payments issued under the new Interim Pandemic Assistance program will be available for four benefit weeks, beginning the UI week ending Nov. 28 through benefit week ending Dec. 19. Claimants must submit their weekly payment requests and certify their claim for those benefit weeks by Dec. 28. In accordance with the federal CARES Act, all possible disbursements under the program will be completed by Dec. 30, meaning retroactive payments will not be issued after that date.

The extra $200 payment will be issued to any eligible Montanan who is unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions and who is receiving unemployment benefits under the regular UI, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs. While claimants do not need to fill out a separate UI claim for these benefits, these additional funds will be paid in a separate direct deposit or check from their regular UI payments. DLI is in the process of issuing emails to claimants to explain the effective dates and payment changes.

Additional information on the new state IPA stimulus program for UI claimants is available at https://tinyurl.com/y6a44yeh. Montanans impacted by COVID-19 can file a UI claim online at MontanaWorks.gov or mtpua.mt.gov for those who fall under the PUA eligibility guidelines. A resource page for those with technical, eligibility or benefits questions is available at dli.mt.gov/covid-19.