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Some Massachusetts residents will not lose federal unemployment benefits - or will they?


  • Joe Mags 5 years ago

    Tues, Apr. 20, 2010, I called the MA Unemployment Extensions line as my balance hit $0. The representative said he had to put my info onto a hard-copy application due to their system not being ready for extensions that expired while Congress recessed.
    Once the system is set up, they will have a team of people enter the extension applications. Until then, I was advised to continue making my weekly claim certifications & to keep checking my status online as the data will update once my info is entered.
    They have given their agents no time frame for when their IT will have the system configured & have all of the extension applications entered.
    I now find that this issue was faced at the end of Nov. 2009 & the unemployment department had to get special permission from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to send out "interim" payments as their systems would not be updated until Jan. 15, 2010.
    I hope they learned from last time.

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