I was receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have now used up all of my benefits from my claim and am still not back to work. Are there any extensions of benefits available for me?

FAQ Answer

With the passage of the CARES Act those who have current Benefit Year Ends and have exhausted their benefits would most likely be eligible to receive the PEUC extension of 13 additional weeks of regular UI. Other regular claims would be potentially eligible for PEUC at the point they exhaust. We are awaiting guidance on claims where the benefit year has expired and how they might be processed.

CARES Act – Unemployment Insurance Benefits The CARES Act includes expansion of unemployment insurance benefits:

Expands eligibility for unemployment insurance and provides people with an additional $600 per week on top of the unemployment amount already offered by North Dakota Unemployment benefits.

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits for regular claims that exhaust benefits and whose benefit year has not expired
  1. Weekly benefit amount is the same as what was paid on the regular claim
  2. Eligible to receives the $600 supplemental payment for each week certified
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  1. Available to those who do not qualify for a regular unemployment claim
  2. Receives the $600 supplemental payment for each week certified and found eligible

The additional unemployment compensation provided is not considered “income” for purposes of Medicaid and CHIP