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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FAQ

Am I eligible for UI under the new coronavirus UI program?

You are eligible for UI under the new program if you are unable to work because of the coronavirus public health emergency.  Eligibility for the new UI program is expanded to include self-employed workers, including “gig” economy workers and workers who are independent contractors,  as well as those with limited work histories.  Individuals who are teleworking or on paid sick leave are not eligible for the program.

I don’t qualify for state UI benefits, will I still get UI benefits under this new program? If so, how much will my benefits be?

Yes, all workers who are eligible for the new UI program are entitled to 39 weeks of UI benefits, even if they do not qualify for UI at the state level.  If you do not qualify for UI at the state level, your weekly UI benefit will be equal to approximately what you would get under state UI if you were eligible plus the extra $600 a week, which is available through July 31, 2020.

How do I get these UI benefits?

Ohioans can file for UI by going online to http://unemployment.ohio.gov or calling 1-877-644-6562.

How many weeks of UI benefits will I be able to get?

You will be able to get a maximum of 39 weeks of unemployment, including state unemployment.

What will my UI benefit be?

UI benefits are calculated at the state level, so the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will help you calculate your base UI benefit.  The additional $600 benefit included in the coronavirus UI program will be added to that. 

I was laid off before this new UI program became law, will I benefit from it?

Yes, the new UI program allows for individuals to qualify for the UI coronavirus program for any loss of work that occurred starting January 27, 2020.  The expanded $600 benefit, however, applies only after the date of the bill’s enactment.

Do I pay taxes on my UI?

Yes, unemployment insurance benefits have been and continue to be taxable.

Will the additional $600 benefit affect my eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP?

No, the $600 additional weekly UI benefit will be disregarded for purposes of determining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility.