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March 19, 2010 — National Emergency Grant Notification - State of Washington

Dear Washington Congressional Staff:

Here is information about a National Emergency Grant (NEG) that is being awarded to your state for $4,847,959 to provide an estimated 1,500 jobless workers with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage. This grant will be used to make “gap filler” payments for unemployed individuals who are receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits and are eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program. Under HCTC, eligible individuals can receive 80 percent of premium costs for qualified health insurance programs. These payments cover the gap period, or the time it takes to complete Internal Revenue Service enrollment, processing and first payments under the HCTC program. The state of Washington will provide up to three months of gap filler payments for the participants.

Description of NEG

  • DOL is granting an award of $4,847,959 to the Washington State Employment Security Department, to be funded by resources made available for NEGs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • The geographic areas covered by this funding are: Statewide
  • Project Operator: Washington State Employment Security Department

Let me know if you need more information. Feel free to contact Kathy Chatwood with the Washington State Employment Security Department at (360) 438-4620, if you have specific questions about how the funds will be distributed.

Sincerely,

Department of Labor Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs