State departments promote health care and other aid as federal unemployment benefits expire next month – Redheaded Blackbelt
California Department of Health Services press release:
As people across the country face the end of federal unemployment benefits next month, California state departments and agencies unite to encourage eligible workers to apply for vital public benefit programs that provide free or low-cost health coverage, provide cash to pay for food, and pay rent and utilities.
Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Covered California, Department of Managed Health Care, Employment Development Department (EDD), Housing and Community Development, Department of Social Services and other state agencies and departments work together to keep helping people.
Although federal unemployment benefits are ending soon for many unemployed California workers, the American Rescue Plan and California Comeback have significantly expanded other life-saving benefits that continue to help eligible California families:
- Health insurance — free or low-cost coverage (as low as $ 1 per month for workers who have received unemployment benefits) through Covered California and Medi-Cal (coveredca.com or by phone at 1-800-300-1506 ).
- Cash assistance for families with children (CalWORKs) through county social service agencies at BenefitsCal.org (where people can also apply for food assistance [CalFresh] and free health coverage [Medi-Cal]).
- Up to $ 234 per person per month for food through CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org or by phone at 1-877-847-3663) whether or not a person is working.
- Money for rent and utilities, including rent and utilities at 100%, through Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com or by phone at 1-833-430-2122).
- Golden State Stimulus payments for millions of qualified residents who file taxes, even if they are not required (by phone at 1-800-845-6500).
People already enrolled in Medi-Cal or a covered health plan in California should report changes to unemployment benefits, as this could lower the cost of their health coverage.
California recently linked to GetCalFresh.org through its Unemployment Benefits website, which increased food stamp claims by 100,000 people this summer. CalFresh beneficiaries will also soon see a significant increase in food benefits, thanks to measures taken by the federal government.
September 4 is the expiry date for most federal unemployment benefits, including pandemic unemployment assistance, pandemic emergency unemployment compensation, the $ 300 federal supplement to the Federal Supplementary Compensation (also known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) and Mixed Unemployment Compensation. September 11, 2021 marks the end of the extended federal statehood. EDD has provided resources to help applicants find employment and take vocational training on the Return to Work webpage, including CalJOBS, a free virtual job center with over a million job postings. employment from private boards and recruiting sites.
State departments are working with stakeholders and partners statewide to help promote social media awareness of the many other life-saving benefit programs using #TogetherWeBenefit.
Attached is a fact sheet with information about the end of federal unemployment benefits and the major benefit programs currently available in California.