The March 8th article stated that Massachusetts residents will continue to receive benefits for a few more weeks, due to a state law that was passed last year.
BUT, if Congress does not pass a new benefit package, as many as 50,000 residents could lose their benefits.
It all seems quite vague and a tad confusing, doesn't it?
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance states:
Congress has extended the deadline for qualifying for benefit extensions until April 5, 2010. However, Congress is in recess until April 12 and has not passed proposed legislation that would extend the deadline for filing for federally-funded extended benefits. This proposed law would only extend the date by which people can apply for EUC benefits. It would not add any weeks of benefits.
If you have a balance on your claim as of April 4, 2010, continue to claim weekly benefits. However, you may not be eligible for any extended benefits once that balance is exhausted.
Please check back for updates on further Congressional action.
A call has been placed to State Senator Steven Panagiotakos, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for clarification.
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