COVID-19 has caused many businesses, small stores and companies to shut down. The result is thousands of unemployed, temporarily or permanently, individuals. Here we have provided more information on the current state and the options available to address this and other economic concerns such as health insurance.
For residents in washington state
If you were laid off/unemployed due to COVID-19, you are likely eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
Meet additional state requirements.
If you are unsure of your eligibility after completing the checklist, apply anyway. Complete the application as best you can and they will follow up with you as soon as possible.
Click this link to find out if you are are eligible: esd.wa.gov - Eligibility Checker
If you are uninsured or are losing your insurance benefits due to unemployment, you do have options to enroll in health coverage. Washington Healthplanfinder can help enroll uninsured individuals.
For more information, visit:
FOR RESIDENTS OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON STATE
If you are not living in WA, check your state’s unemployment program and see if you are eligible.
Click this link to find out more about your state’s unemployment benefits:
If you are uninsured or are losing your insurance benefits due to unemployment, you do have options to enroll in health coverage.
Please visit https://www.healthcare.gov to find out more about your options.
What is unemployment insurance?
Unemployment Insurance (UI), also commonly called unemployment benefits, is a state-provided insurance. It provides payment benefits to eligible workers who have been unemployed due to external factors outside of their control, and who meet other certain eligibility requirements.
If you're a taxpayer who filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you may qualify for an economic impact payment, also called a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Click Stimulus Check (who qualifies, how do you check if you received it, etc) to check your status.