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Additional federal unemployment assistance begins for Kentuckians through Lost Wages Program


On Aug. 21, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the state’s application for FEMA’s Lost Wages Program, federal money to aid unemployed Kentuckians, had been approved.

The programmers have completed the final modifications to the unemployment insurance systems so the payment process for the Lost Wages Program (LWP) has begun.

Self-certification has already been provided by most claimants and claimants who still need to complete the self-certification will be notified by the Office of Unemployment Insurance. Individual payments will be issued to claimants for each of the 3 weeks a claimant is eligible. Claimants should begin to receive payments within the next few days. The payment for the first week went out this past Friday.

The state of Kentucky has decided to provide the extra $100 using CARES Act money. Kentucky’s portion will be approximately $8 million per week, allowing the unemployed, who qualify, to receive an extra $400 per week for the three-week grant period.

“This program will allow about 80,000 Kentuckians receiving at least $100 a week unemployment benefits for the weeks of July 26-Aug. 15 to receive an additional payment of $400, if they are unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic,” Beshear said. “The $400 will apply to all programs: traditional UI, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and the extended benefits programs.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet and Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) continue to work each day towards a resolution for all unresolved claims and will not stop until all Kentuckians have received the benefits for which they qualify.

From Labor Cabinet


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11 Comments

  1. Randy s Linch says:

    Is the LWA being paid to eligible people for six weeks, or only three??

    • B wilson says:

      3 weeks. Now ky was approved for the last 3 of 6 weeks and everyone awaiting for those funds to go out. Starting sept 13th, most started recieving their first 300-400$ lwa next day after they got their regular ui/pua check deposited. Then other 2 lwa payments were deposited every 4 days till 1200$ total went out per person in ky. Anyone that just signed up is at back of very long line. Im including this info firsthand acct from friends that are on ui/pua

  2. Alvin Hayes says:

    I’ve not received the extra 400 in unemployment is anyone having the same problem

  3. doug mills says:

    I’ve not received any of this extra $400 either and it’s appearing to be an empty promise as local news channels report that it has been all sent out in 3 waves began 18 SEPT !!!

  4. Dustin M Hall says:

    I self certified on Friday, September 25. How long after that will I possibly see a deposit of LWA?

  5. Jeffery G. says:

    How do you self certify for the FEMA Lost Wages Compensation?

  6. Sherita Y Coleman says:

    I self certified on Sept 24th how long til i receive a payment

  7. Steve Arbogast says:

    I still have not received the extra $400/week. Is this automatic or do I have to do something else?
    I’ve continued to receive my regular extended unemployment. Any suggestions?

  8. jennifer says:

    i received the four but still havent received the last two when are they supposed to go out

  9. Sherry says:

    I self certified and have only received one! Are they still sending them out?

  10. Dana Hocker says:

    did NOT receive any of the FEMA I qualified all this time and ZILCH!! Pretty pissed off!!

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