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Unemployment Extension News

March 2 Update:  A 30 day extension of unemployment benefits and a extension of COBRA health insurance subsidies has been approved.  The legislation will extend the federal extended benefits program that expired on February 28 for a month.  The benefits each person will get, depends on the tier they are on now. Check with your state unemployment office for details, most have explanations of who is eligible for the extension.

 The Senate and Congress will now consider a longer term more comprehensive extension of benefits, hopefully through 2010.   However, as of now, that discussion does not include additional benefits (a “5th tier” of unemployment)  for the long-term unemployed who will run out of all state and federally funded benefits.  The best thing everyone can do is contact your Senator and Member of Congress and urge legislation that will provide more coverage. The National Employment Law Project has a form you can use to easily encourage action:

http://www.nelp.org/page/speakout/FedUIBenefitsNow

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Unemployment Extension News originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 20:00:33.

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