Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency to Process $300 LWA Payments

Eligible Michigan residents receiving unemployment because of COVID-19 have some good news from the Unemployment Insurance Agency.

An estimated 910,000 claimants will start receiving their extra $300 in Lost Wages Assistance, provided by the CARES Act.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency says it has a large volume of payments to process and expects workers to receive benefits over the next week to 10 days.

FEMA funds the LWA in order to provide $300 per week for those who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

To be eligible for LWA, a claimant’s weekly benefit amount must be at least $100. Workers do not have to file a separate claim or application for LWA, but they do have to certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19.

All unemployed workers receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance have already completed this step.

Some provided that certification while filling out their claim filing application. Those who still need to certify COVID-19 is the cause of their unemployment will receive notification to answer a question in their MiWAM account starting this week. Or notification will be by mail, if that is how they chose to interact with UIA.

The first round of payments will be larger as it will cover unemployment from the weeks ending on August 1, August 8, and August 15.

The UIA has applied with FEMA for all available weeks of benefits. They are payable up to the benefit week that ended on Sept. 5.


Categories: Coronavirus