|Alabama||Alabama updated a few of its programs to help those affected by the coronavirus.|
- Unemployment benefits. You may be eligible for unemployment if your employer has shut down or is unable to offer your normal hours. Additionally, you can file for unemployment if you are under mandatory quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Families First Act is effective April 2, 2020. It states that employers must provide paid leave under an extension of Family and Medical Leave Act for up to 12 weeks at two-thirds the normal pay rate. Employers must also provide emergency paid sick leave at either your normal pay rate or two-thirds, depending on the reason you’re out of work. Read the full Families First Act to see if you qualify.
- Relief for taxpayers. Due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Ivey, residents of Alabama have been given extensions on their state tax payments as well as waived penalties for certain types of tax liabilities.
|Alaska||While Alaska is still developing a plan for residents and businesses affected by the coronavirus, it has expanded its unemployment benefits. If you’ve lost your job or your hours are reduced because of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may qualify for unemployment. The Alaska Department of Labor has a large list of FAQs to help you understand your eligibility.|
In addition, there’s a mandatory 14-day quarantine period to help reduce the spread of the virus for those who have traveled outside of Alaska — either between states or internationally.
|Arizona||While you may be eligible for unemployment and won’t have to pay your state income tax until July, as of March 23, there are no special relief programs for those affected by the coronavirus.|
- Unemployment benefits. Residents that are underemployed or unemployed due to the coronavirus can qualify for benefits. Benefits can be applied retroactively to hardships after March 11. You can learn more on the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.
- Tax deadline extension. Following the extension of federal taxes, the Arizona Department of Revenue set the new deadline for filing and paying state income taxes for July 15, 2020.
|Arkansas||Arkansas has not made many moves to help those affected by the coronavirus, but you can check for updates on the Arkansas State Government website to see if any new programs or services become available.|
- Unemployment. On March 17, the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived for individuals who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus. Work-search requirements have also been waived for 30 days, and you can apply for benefits online or over the phone.
|California||California’s Employment Development Department offers resources for those affected by the coronavirus.|
- Paid family leave. If you’re the primary caregiver for a sick or quarantined family member officially diagnosed with COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to six weeks of benefits for lost wages. Benefits range from $50 to $1,300 a week — or 60% to 70% of normal wages.
- Unemployment benefits. If you’re temporarily out of work because of a company closure or reduction of hours, you may qualify for benefits. By executive order from the state governor, the one-week unpaid waiting period is waived. Benefits range from $40 to $450 a week.
|Colorado||You may be eligible for paid sick leave and unemployment benefits as well as pay for hours worked as a resident of Colorado.|
- Paid sick leave. Workers with flu-like symptoms who are waiting for test results for COVID-19 may be eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave. You must be employed in select industries to qualify.
- Unemployment benefits. If you work for an employer that closed or reduced hours due to the coronavirus, you can file claim through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).
- Wage claims. If your employer hasn’t paid you for time worked, you can file a claim to recover lost wages.
See the CDLE’s page on the coronavirus for more information on how to file a claim and who qualifies for these programs.
|Connecticut||On Connecticut’s official state website, you’ll find COVID-19 resources for employers, families, schools and travelers.|
- Unemployment benefits. As of March 19, work search requirements are waived for claims. To apply, ask your employer for a separation package and complete your unemployment claim on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website.
- SharedWork program. If your employer has reduced your hours because of the outbreak, the Department of Labor’s SharedWork program can supplement lost hours with partial unemployment benefits.
- Postponed evictions and foreclosures. The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch has postponed all foreclosures scheduled to have occurred in April or May to Saturday, June 6, 2020 and all issued executions on evictions and ejectments have been stayed through May 1, 2020.
|Delaware||As of March 24, all non-essential businesses in the state of Delaware are closed. If you need financial support, there are a few programs that could help you and your family:|
- Student meal programs. Schools throughout Delaware continue to provide meals for students, but not all meal sites are open each day. The Delaware Department of Education has a list of student nutrition sites you can search to find one near you.
- Evictions and fees postponed. During this state of emergency, landlords and mortgage companies are unable to pursue or proceed with eviction or foreclosures. In addition, utility service companies are not allowed to terminate service or charge late payment fees.
- Unemployment benefits. Like many states, Delaware has removed its one-week waiting period and work-search requirements for people seeking benefits during the coronavirus outbreak. You can apply for unemployment online.
|Florida||Florida has a website dedicated to information about COVID-19. It includes a list of public services and resources available to residents, including:|
- Child Care Food Program (CCFP). Schools in Florida are offering meals at no cost to students during the coronavirus outbreak. You can browse participating CCFP providers in your area through the Florida Department of Health.
- Reemployment Assistance. You may be eligible for temporary wage replacement if you are unable to work because of job closures or official quarantine. You may also qualify if you are caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with the coronavirus.
|Georgia||The Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) doesn’t yet offer resources for workers. To receive unemployment compensation, your employer must file a partial claim on behalf of its employees. If your employer hasn’t done this, contact the DOL for more information on next steps.|
However, state governments are adapting new policies to help fight the economic effects of the coronavirus. To stay updated, check the Georgia DOL unemployment page for more information.
|Hawaii||Starting March 25, workers in non-essential fields are required to stay at home until April 30. In addition, there are some programs to help Hawaiians who are out of work because of the coronavirus.|
- Tax deadline extension. The deadline for filing and paying individual income tax has been extended to July 20, 2020.
- Unemployment benefits. If you aren’t being paid by your employer after it closes or your hours have been cut due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. Like many states, the seven-day waiting period is waived.
- Temporary disability insurance. If you are unable to work or are quarantined but your employer is still open, you may be eligible for benefits. To apply, contact your employer and ask about its TDI carrier. The seven-day waiting period for disability is still in place.
- Workers’ compensation. If you’re infected with the coronavirus because of your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. To qualify, you must prove that your job duties have directly caused your illness. Workers’ compensation has a three-day waiting period.
- Hawaii Family Leave Law (HFLL). If you work for an employer with 100 or more employees, you may be eligible for up to four weeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member.
Keep in mind that there is also a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anyone flying into Hawaii to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
|Idaho||Governor Little announced a statewide 21-day stay-at-home order on March 25. Idaho has a page of information about the coronavirus and has opened unemployment benefits up for people who can’t work during the COVID-19 crisis.|
- Unemployment benefits. If your workplace has temporarily or permanently closed because of the coronavirus, you may be eligible to apply for benefits. But unlike other states, Idaho still requires that you must either be looking for work or able to return to work within 16 weeks.
In addition, you may be eligible for other assistance programs throughout the state of Idaho.
|Illinois||The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) adopted emergency rules for those affected by COVID-19. If you’re temporarily unemployed because of the coronavirus or are caring for a family member officially diagnosed with COVID-19, you may qualify for unemployment through IDES.|
You can learn more about the coronavirus and unemployment benefit offered by Illinois on the IDES website.
|Indiana||On March 23, 2020, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb issued an order that all Indiana residents must stay at home unless working an essential job or performing an essential activity. If you can’t work during this time due to the coronavirus — you may qualify for a few of Indiana’s programs.|
- Filing and payment extensions. Following the federal extension, Indiana tax returns and payments are now due on July 15, 2020. If you’re on a payment plan but can’t make your regular payment, contact the Indiana Department of Revenue. And don’t worry — tax refunds are still being processed at a normal rate.
- Unemployment benefits. You can file for benefits online if you have been laid off by your employer or your employer has temporarily had to shut down during the COVID-19 outbreak. You may also be eligible if you are quarantined by a medical professional or are caring for a child while schools and daycares are closed.
- Child care assistance. If you need child care, contact Brighter Futures Indiana for help finding and paying for assistance. Start by finding your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.
Other assistance programs — such as SNAP, TANF and Medicaid — and housing assistance may be available. Indiana has a helpful PDF of resources for those affected by the coronavirus.
|Iowa||Iowans can explore COVID-19 updates and resources on the Iowa state website.|
- Unemployment benefits. Individuals unable to work as a result of COVID-19, including those who are sick, immunocompromised, quarantined, caring for a sick family member or caring for out-of-school children may qualify for unemployment. However, individuals must exhaust all paid time off, vacation and sick leave available through their employer before they apply.
- School meal services. Iowa schools have been permitted to activate summer meal programs to provide free meals to low-income children during the coronavirus outbreak. For the full list of participating schools, check the Iowa Department of Education’s website.
|Kansas||Kansas is offering unemployment benefits to those unemployed due to COVID-19. The benefit offers $122 to $488 weekly, for a maximum of 16 weeks. File applications online at Get Kansas Benefits, with video tutorials to help guide individuals through the process on the Kansas Department of Labor’s website.|
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has also compiled a COVID-19 resource center for individuals and businesses.
|Kentucky||Kentucky has a dedicated website with state-specific information about the coronavirus, including resources available to its residents. However, it’s only updated its unemployment insurance policy in response to the coronavirus. You may be eligible to file for benefits if you are unemployed or have had your hours cut because of the coronavirus outbreak.|
If you are struggling financially, you may also be eligible for other state benefits like WIC or Medicaid.
|Louisiana||The Louisiana Workforce Commission has recently allowed workers affected by the coronavirus to file a claim for unemployment benefits. It’s also waiving the waiting period for workers seeking benefits due to COVID-19.|
|Maine||As of March 24, all non-essential businesses in Maine are closed until April 8, 2020. Check the governor’s office page dedicated to Maine’s COVID-19 response, for updates.|
- Unemployment benefits. Maine waived its one-week waiting period and work-search requirement until May 14, 2020 for people who are unemployed due to COVID-19. The Maine Department of Labor’s unemployment guide to answer questions related to COVID-19. Apply for benefits through its online portal.
- My Maine Connection. Apply for state benefits through My Maine Connection. These include healthcare, cash assistance and Maine’s Child Care Subsidy program.
- Short-term loans. The Financial Authority of Maine has agreed to guarantee short-term loans of up to $5,000 to individuals experiencing a loss of income due to COVID-19. Apply for loans through local banks and credit unions. If you qualify, you could get one loan monthly for up to three months.
For more information on how Maine is responding to the coronavirus, visit Maine 211 for referrals and program details.
|Maryland||As of March 23, Governor Hogan has enacted an emergency order that closes all non-essential businesses throughout the state. Resources that are available to help if you’re temporarily out of work because of the coronavirus include:|
- Maryland Health Connection. If you are uninsured, the Maryland Health Connection has reopened enrollment in response to the coronavirus. Open enrollment is available from March 16 to April 15. Coverage begins April 1, 2020. Visit the Maryland Health Connection COVID-19 page for more information on how to sign up.
- Free meals for students and children. Maryland schools and other agencies are offering free meals to students. Use this PDF to the nearest meal center.
- Senior Call Check Program. Maryland offers free calls to check up and verify the well-being of Marylanders over the age of 65. To learn more and register, call 866-502-4235 or visit the Senior Call Check website.
- Sick and Safe Leave. All Maryland employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees. For residents who are quarantined, Maryland recommends you exhaust your sick leave before turning to unemployment.
- Unemployment benefits. If your employer has temporarily closed due to the coronavirus or you have been medically quarantined, you may be eligible for benefits.
There are also a number of other resources and volunteer opportunities for Maryland residents who need help or want to help their community.
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts has created a list of COVID-19 guidance and directives to help affected residents.|
- Unemployment benefits. If your employer closed due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible for benefits without the one-week waiting period.
- Health insurance. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires all insurers to cover testing and treatment of COVID-19 without copays or coinsurance. In addition, members of MassHealth may be eligible for additional benefits if they experienced a loss of wages due to the coronavirus.
|Michigan||On March 23, Governor Whitmer signed the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order temporarily closing non-essential businesses. It requires Michigan residents to stay home unless attending an essential activity. Michigan has made changes to its programs to help those who are out of work or financially strained during the coronavirus outbreak.|
- Unemployment benefits. Benefits are extended to self-employed and low-wage workers not previously eligible. Benefits for all workers have also increased to $600 a week for up to four months. File for unemployment and learn more information on the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity website.
- MI Bridges. Gives residents access to a variety of state benefit programs, including food and cash assistance and healthcare coverage. Explore local resources and manage your ongoing cases online or through a mobile app. If you’ve been affected financially by the coronavirus, consider applying.
- Summer Food Service Program. The Michigan Department of Education has opened its free summer meal program early for families. View your local food service sites to find out hours and directions.
- Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP). Those not enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare may qualify for the Healthy Michigan Plan. This allows adults with an income 133% under the federal poverty level to access healthcare coverage. You can apply through MI Bridges.
For more information, visit Michigan’s COVID-19 response page.
|Minnesota||Changes to Minnesota’s unemployment and sick leave regulations can help those facing lost wages as a result of COVID-19:|
- Unemployment benefits. Under an executive order by Governor Tim Walz, the non-payable waiting week for benefits are waived. Work search requirements still apply but applicants need to look for work that doesn’t pose a risk to their health or the health of others.
- Workers’ compensation. If you contracted COVID-19 while on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Sick leave. Employee protections on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry stipulate that employers that allow you to take time off for illness must also allow you to take time off to care for an unwell child, spouse, parent, grandparent, stepparent or parent-in-law.
|Mississippi||Mississippi has a few resources in place for those affected by the coronavirus:|
- Unemployment benefits. Mississippi residents who are unemployed or underemployed due to the coronavirus may be eligible for benefits. The waiting period and work search requirements are waived.
- Tax extension. The deadline to file and pay 2019 Mississippi income tax has been extended to May 15, 2020.
If you feel you may be sick with the coronavirus, check Mississippi’s updated list of testing sites and contact to make an appointment.
|Missouri||Missouri has not expanded many of its normal state programs, but if you are experiencing financial difficulty because of the coronavirus, you may qualify for:|
- Unemployment benefits. If you’re permanently or temporarily unemployed because of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for benefits. Note that as of March 30, 2020, Missouri still requires a one-week waiting period — but plans to waive it. To apply for benefits, visit the UInteract online application.
- Food stamp benefits. Missouri is extending certification periods for six months and is removing the work requirements for adults without dependents until the end of the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration. All eligible households receive the maximum benefit amount. Visit the myDSS website to learn more and apply for Food Stamps or SNAP benefits.
For up-to-date information, you can visit the Missouri Department of Health COVID-19 page.
|Montana||Governor Bullock issued a stay at home directive on March 26 and a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the state for travel not related to work. Stay up to date by following the official Montana COVID-19 resource page. As of March 30, only its unemployment benefits is updated. If your employer has shut down, cut your hours or laid you off because of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for benefits. Learn more and file a claim on the Montana Department of Labor and Industry website.|
|Nebraska||Nebraska hasn’t issued many changes to its current system, but benefits are still available for residents facing economic difficulty during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stay up to date with information by following the official Nebraska page on the coronavirus.|
The Nebraska Department of Revenue has extended the deadline to file state income taxes to July 15, 2020. And while Nebraska hasn’t updated the process for unemployment benefits, you can still file for benefits online if you are out of work because of the coronavirus.
|Nevada||Nevada has taken some steps toward helping its community in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.|
- Unemployment benefits. If you’re not working or your hours are reduced because of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for unemployment. To see if you qualify and what you’ll need to apply, visit the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation website.
- No copay for testing. Health insurers governed by the Nevada Division of Insurance are prohibited from charging an out-of-pocket cost to test for COVID-19. Insurers are also prohibited from charging for a vaccine if one becomes available.
|New Hampshire||On March 27, all residents of New Hampshire are required to stay at home unless working an essential job or performing an essential activity. If you are experiencing financial difficulty because of the coronavirus, look into these state resources:|
- Prohibition on disconnecting utilities. During the coronavirus outbreak, providers of electricity, gas, water, telephone service, cable, internet and deliverable fuels are not allowed to disconnect or discontinue service or charge a late fee for nonpayment.
- Suspension of evictions and foreclosures. Orders and proceedings are suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Unemployment benefits. New Hampshire has waived the waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits for anyone temporarily or permanently unemployed because of COVID-19. Self-employed workers diagnosed, or caring for a diagnosed person, may also be eligible for benefits. Learn how to file for benefits through the New Hampshire Employment Security website.
To stay updated, visit the official New Hampshire page on COVID-19.
|New Jersey||New Jersey offers comprehensive resources for those affected by the coronavirus through the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL). Some of the programs offered include:|
- Earned sick leave. New Jersey law requires all employers to offer up to 40 hours of earned sick leave to full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Use your earned sick leave first if you or a loved one test positive for COVID-19.
- Temporary disability insurance. If your earned sick leave runs out, you may be able to file for disability for the duration you expect to be out of work.
- Workers’ compensation. If your job required waiting on or working with someone who had the coronavirus and you contracted it, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
- Unemployment benefits. If your regular work hours have been reduced or cut, you may be eligible for benefits.
|New Mexico||As of Tuesday, March 24, a stay-at-home order is in effect for all New Mexico residents, and requires non-essential businesses to close. Review a list of essential businesses that remain open on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website. Here are the government resources available to help financially:|
- Unemployment benefits. If your hours are reduced or you’re following the stay-at-home order, file a claim on the New Mexico Workforce Connection website. Work-search requirements for workers impacted by the outbreak are waived for up to four weeks.
- Suspended evictions. The Supreme Court of New Mexico has issued an order suspending all evictions for those unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 health crisis.
- Utility support. PNM, El Paso Electric, Xcel Energy, New Mexico Gas Company and Zia Natural Gas Company have agreed to temporarily suspend disconnections due to nonpayment during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Telecommunications support. Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and CenturyLink are offering a variety of resources for individuals and small businesses, including waiving late fees, suspending service terminations, suspending data usage limits and free Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Extended tax deadline. New Mexico taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020 to file and pay their taxes.
- Meals for kids. Schools across New Mexico are offering free meals to enrolled students. For a full list of participating schools, check New Mexico’s state website.
|New York||New York is set to put more protections in place for those affected by COVID-19.|
- Paid sick leave. In a new bill that passed through the state legislature, employers are now required to provide job protection, paid family leave and short-term disability benefits for the duration of their quarantine.
- Unemployment benefits. The state waives its seven-day waiting period to file a claim for those affected by the coronavirus. Visit the state’s instructions for filing a claim to get started.
|North Carolina||With a stay at home order issued March 30, many North Carolinians may find themselves struggling financially. Resources available to residents across the state include:|
- Unemployment benefits. If you are temporarily or permanently out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for unemployment. North Carolina has waived its one-week waiting period and work-search requirement. Apply for unemployment on the North Carolina Department of Commerce website.
- Child care hotline. Critical and essential workers can find information about child care options for children up to 12 years old. The hotline is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The number is 888-600-1685.
- Food and nutrition services (FNS) benefits increase. If you qualify for FNS, you’ll receive the maximum benefit for March and April 2020. You can apply for food assistance online through the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Free meal sites. To find the nearest free meal site for school-age children, text FOODNC to 877-877, (text COMIDA for Spanish). Call 211 or view an interactive map by No Kid Hungry NC.
- Tax filing deadline extension. North Carolina announced that it’s extended the deadline to file individual tax returns to July 15, 2020. You may also be eligible to file for free.
For more information, you can call 211 or visit the official North Carolina COVID-19 page.
|North Dakota||North Dakota has introduced a few measures to help those financially impacted by the coronavirus:|
- Unemployment benefits. The work-search requirements and one-week waiting period are suspended for people unemployed due to the coronavirus.
- Tax deadline extension. Following the federal extension, file and pay taxes by July 15, 2020. You won’t pay interest on taxes filed before this new deadline. You can file a claim on the North Dakota Job Service website.
- Worker’s Compensation. Health care workers diagnosed with COVID-19 may be eligible for worker’s compensation if exposed during the course of their work. This includes up to 14 days of wage replacement and medical coverage if quarantined.
Visit the official North Dakota COVID-19 resources page for more information and frequent updates.
|Ohio||Learn more about Ohio’s resources for economic support on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.|
- Unemployment benefits. If a medical professional or employer tells you to quarantine or you’ve been laid off as a result of coronavirus-related business shutdowns, you may be eligible for benefits.
- SharedWork program. If your employer cuts your hours, you may qualify for SharedWork Ohio benefits.
- Healthcare coverage. Employees remain eligible for healthcare coverage through their employers, even if their hours are reduced. Health insurance premiums may also be deferred up to 60 calendar days from each original premium’s due date.
- Nutrition programs. Some schools are offering meals for children ages 1 to 18 as part of the Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Service Program.
- Waived internet late fees. As part of Ohio’s Keep Americans Connected pledge, a growing number of service providers have agreed to waive late fees, provide Wi-Fi hotspots and continue service to any resident or small business that fail to pay. For the full list of participating providers, check this news release from Governor DeWine.
|Oklahoma||State Governor Kevin Stitt has issued a safer-at-home order that’s in effect until April 30, 2020. Residents shouldn’t leave their homes except to complete essential errands, like grocery shopping. To review COVID-19 guidelines for individuals and businesses, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website.|
Individuals out of work as a result of COVID-19 can file for unemployment benefits online or by phone. Standard waiting period and work-search requirements are waived.
|Oregon||Oregon has created a dedicated webpage for coronavirus information and resources.|
- Unemployment benefits. Those laid off during the coronavirus outbreak are eligible to receive UI benefits without seeking new work by staying in contact with their employers and being available for work when called back. You could be eligible for benefits if you’re quarantined or sick with COVID-19.
- Free meals for kids. Children between the ages of 1 and 18 are eligible for free meals from schools with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon meal plans. For all participating schools, check the list on Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
- Free internet. Charter, Comcast and Internet Essentials are offering 60 days of free service to new customers.
- Waived late fees. Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and Idaho Power are waiving late fees and suspending service disconnections for their customers in light of COVID-19.
|Pennsylvania||Explore resources for individuals, businesses, families and schools on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 resource guide.|
- Unemployment benefits. The waiting week, work search and work registration requirements have been waived for all applicants to help support those unable to work because of COVID-19.
- Workers’ compensation. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 at work, you can apply for compensation by asking your employer to file a disease-as-injury claim or occupational disease claim.
- Utility shutdown suspension. Chairman of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission signed an emergency order suspending the termination of the following public utilities: electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications and steam.
- Personal income tax deadline extension. The deadline for Pennsylvanians to file their 2019 personal income tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020.
- Meals for students. Despite state-wide closures, Pennsylvania schools are permitted to continue serving free meals to low-income students through the National School Lunch Program, Seamless Summer Option and Summer Food Service Program.
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island provides robust support to its residents experiencing financial difficulty during the national emergency and stay-at-home order active until April 13.|
- Special enrollment period for HealthSource RI. A new enrollment period is open until April 15 for Rhode Island residents without health insurance coverage. Financial assistance may also be available.
- Tax extension deadline. The new deadline to file and pay state income tax is July 15, 2020.
- Unemployment benefits. If your work shuts down, reduces your hours or lays you off, you may be eligible for benefits. Benefits are extended for those that need to care for children while school is out of session. To learn more and apply, visit the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training website.
- Temporary disability insurance. If you or a family member are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are under quarantine, you may be eligible for disability. It waives the seven-day waiting period to file for TDI for all cases related to the coronavirus.
- Increase to SNAP benefits. Rhode Island will give all households enrolled in the SNAP program the maximum monthly benefit for March and April. In addition, the recertification period is extended to May 2020.
- Grab-and-go meals. Rhode Island has opened sites for children under 18 years old to receive a free meal. Some sites may require that the child be enrolled in the school district. To find your closest program, The Rhode Island Department of Health listed meal sites across the state.
- Partnership with Care.com. To help increase childcare access to residents who still need to work during the COVID-19 crisis, Rhode Island has partnered with Care.com to provide 90 days of free access to the website. Residents are encouraged to apply to be caregivers to extend additional help to frontline workers.
- New health benefits. Temporary benefits for the coronavirus are now required for many health insurance plans issued in Rhode Island. This includes more access to telemedicine services, early refills for prescriptions, free COVID-19 screening and easier access to treatment. The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC) has a PDF guide to the covered plans and services.
- Suspension of Medicaid terminations. During the national emergency, Rhode Island has suspended terminations and income verification for Medicaid.
- Free Wi-Fi. If you have a smartphone and cell phone service from either Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, you can activate your Wi-Fi hotspot for free until May 13. There are no activation, usage or overage fees.
For more information, visit the Rhode Island Department of Health official COVID-19 page.
|South Carolina||Resource guides on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website are available, but the government has yet to roll out robust financial resources. Those facing unemployment because of the coronavirus outbreak can apply for benefits. Step-by-step instructions on the claims process and eligibility criteria is outlined on the Department of Employment and Workforce website.|
|South Dakota||On March 23, 2020, Governor Noem issued a state of emergency. Schools remain closed until May 1, 2020, residents are urged to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Health guidelines, child care resources, business support and re-employment information is available on the South Dakota state website.|
Those out of work or facing reduced hours as a result of the coronavirus outbreak can apply for reemployment assistance benefits online or by phone. The program’s nonpaid waiting week and work-search requirements remain in effect. South Dakota’s Department of Labor and Regulation plans to update its website with information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program once more information is released about the COVID-19 stimulus bill.
|Tennessee||The Office of the Governor has created a page covering updates to the spread of the coronavirus throughout the state. In addition, there are a few programs that may be available to residents of Tennessee:|
- Unemployment benefits. Tennessee has fast-tracked its unemployment system to help workers during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are out of work because your place of employment is out of business or temporarily closed, you can file for benefits at Jobs4TN.gov.
- TennCare. As of March 20, Tennessee hasn’t changed its TennCare eligibility criteria. However, it does have information about the coronavirus for residents currently enrolled in the TennCare program.
- Emergency cash assistance. If you were employed on March 11 but have since lost your job or at least 50% of your earned income, you may be eligible for emergency cash assistance — up to $1,000 for households with five or more people.
|Texas||State Governor Abbott encourages Texas residents to practice social distancing. Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited and schools remain closed until May 4, 2020. Report price gouging by calling the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General at 800-621-0508. COVID-19 information and state agency resources are listed on the Texas state website.|
|Utah||The Stay Safe, Stay Home directive isn’t a shelter in place order, but it may make it difficult for people who are struggling with their finances. Fortunately, Utah has a few resources in place to make things easier:|
- Tax deadline extension. Following the national extension, Utah state income tax won’t need to be filed or paid until July 15, 2020.
- Continued school meals. While there is no set system in place yet, schools are required to provide meals to students even while schools are closed. Check with your local school district to discuss your child’s meal options.
- One Utah Child Care. Helps essential workers care for their children with a resource to find available child care providers. For those who are still working but don’t qualify as essential workers, child care programs are available with state-mandated safety protocols to reduce transmission risk.
- Unemployment benefits. Utah encourages residents who are sick or unable to work because of the coronavirus to apply for benefits. The Utah Department of Workforce Services has more information on the application process and other programs you might qualify for.
The Utah Leads Together Plan is designed to help individuals and businesses recover financially, so check Utah’s official COVID-19 page for updates.
|Vermont||While there is a stay at home order until April 15, Vermont hasn’t issued updates or plans for residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. However, check for updates on Vermont’s official COVID-19 page.|
- Potential grace period for insurance premiums. While not required, Vermont has requested that insurers offer a grace period for late or missed payments during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Unemployment benefits. You may be eligible for benefits if your business has temporarily or permanently shut down, if your hours have been reduced or if you are sick or caring for a sick family member. The Vermont Department of Labor offers guidelines and tips for those seeking unemployment.
|Virginia||Virginia has issued a stay at home order effective until April 23, 2020 to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. For residents facing financial difficulty, Virginia has changed a few of its programs:|
- Medicaid improvements. Virginia has eliminated all copays for services covered by Medicaid, including treatment for COVID-19. It has also expanded its telehealth services, waived preapproval requirements for critical medical services and extended the paperwork deadline to prevent loss of coverage.
- Free meal programs. Virginia schools are providing food for children across the state through the Summer Food Service Program or the Seamless Summer Option. Check with your school district to find free meals for your children.
- Unemployment benefits. Virginia has waived the one-week waiting period for those out of work because of the coronavirus. Qualifying for benefits is easier and includes coverage if you aren’t receiving paid or sick leave or if you need to stay home to care for an ill family member. To file a claim, visit the Virginia Employment Commission website.
- Utility disconnection suspended. Electricity, natural gas and water companies must suspend disconnections for at least 60 days to provide relief to customers affected by the coronavirus.
- Tax deadline extension. The new filing and payment deadline for individual income tax is June 1, 2020.
The Virginia Department of Social Services has more resources for families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
|Washington||Washington’s Employment Security Department created a helpful brochure of COVID-19 scenarios and benefits to help you determine resources you might be eligible for.|
- Paid family and medical leave. If you’re sick with COVID-19 or taking care of a family member who is, you may be eligible for family or medical leave through Washington State. You may also be eligible if your child’s school is closed for any health-related reason.
- Unemployment benefits. If you’re a full- or part-time worker and your employer has temporarily or permanently shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for benefits without the one-week waiting period.
- Ban on evictions. As of March 18th, Governor Jay Inslee has placed a moratorium on evictions for Washington residents who are unable to pay rent.
- Less expensive public utilities. The governor has also suspended shutoffs for public utilities and has instructed utility companies to waive late fees and expand bill assistance for those out of work due to the coronavirus.
- More flexible tax collections. The Washington Department of Revenue may be able to waive penalties and interest on late tax payments as well as work on payment plans for individuals facing dire economic circumstances.
- Family Emergency Assistance Program. As part of the expansion of statewide help, the Family Emergency Assistance Program has also been expanded to include families without children. To see if you qualify, visit the Washington Department of Social Health and Services website.
|Washington DC||Washington, DC is under a stay-at-home order and has a number of resources available to residents of our nation’s capital:|
- Unemployment benefits. You may be eligible for compensation if you can’t work because of sickness, quarantine, a lay off or reduced hours. File a claim with DCWorks.
- Workers’ compensation. If you were exposed to the coronavirus at work and have been quarantined or are sick, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Speak with your employer to get started.
- Tax deadline extension. To match the federal extension, the deadline to file and pay taxes for DC has been moved to July 15, 2020.
- Family medical leave. The one-year and 1,000-hours-work requirements are waived if you’re ordered or recommended to quarantine.
- Free meal sites. To help students who are out of school access food, DC has compiled a list of meal sites that will serve anyone younger than 18.
- Expanded WIC approved food list. As of April 1, DC WIC has expanded its approved food list to account for shortages caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information and to stay updated on the situation, visit the Washington D.C. page covering COVID-19.
|West Virginia||Although there is a stay-at-home order for West Virginia residents, there aren’t many programs available for residents facing financial difficulty because of the coronavirus. Parents can find a local feeding site for students. Residents out of work or have had their hours reduced may be eligible for unemployment benefits offered by the state.|
Check the official West Virginia page on the coronavirus for updates and additional information.
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin hasn’t updated most of its normal services, but if you’re facing a hard financial situation because of the coronavirus, you can take advantage of these changes:|
- Unemployment benefits. As of March 30, there is still a one-week waiting period before you are eligible to receive benefits. However, You are no longer required to search for work while on unemployment. If you can’t work because you’ve been laid off or your employer has shut down, you can file for benefits through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
- Tax deadline extension. Following the federal extension, Wisconsin has set its new deadline for filing and paying state income tax to July 15, 2020.
For more help and state resources, visit Wisconsin’s official COVID-19 page.
|Wyoming||State-level COVID-19 task forces in healthcare, education, business, finance and transportation are managing Wyoming’s response to the outbreak. Schools and non-essential businesses are closed and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. COVID-19 resources are available on the Wyoming state website.|
- Unemployment benefits. Individuals facing reduced hours or temporary layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can apply for benefits on the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services website.
- Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). Eligible families with children under 18 that meet income and resource requirements may qualify for monthly cash assistance from $232 to $697 from Wyoming’s TANF program.
- School meals. The Wyoming Hunger Initiative has partnered with the Wyoming Department of Education to offer meals to children at participating schools across the state.
- Delayed driver’s license renewals. A 90-day grace period has been granted to residents holding driver’s licenses and ID cards expiring between March 15, 2020 and June 1, 2020. Late fees are waived when you renew.