Applying for Benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every part of our daily life and many people have lost jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Although they may be eligible for unemployment benefits, the application process can be confusing and long. DoNotPay is an app that can help navigate the process of applying for unemployment benefits. According to the article in CNBC, the app will ask a series of questions to gather information in order to complete the application for unemployment benefits in the user’s state and then submit the application during the state’s recommended time. It will also automatically reapply for benefits for the user. It is a subscription service and costs $3 per month but users can apply to have that fee waived.

In addition, the federal government is issuing stimulus payments to qualifying citizens. Over 80 million Americans received their payment on April 15th. If you have not received your payment, you can check the status of the payment using the Get My Payment tool provided by the IRS.

If you are in need of additional assistance for healthcare and food and nutrition needs, Benefits.gov has created a page specifically for finding government programs during the current pandemic. They also offer a benefits finder tool which can help you find information about benefits that you may be eligible to receive.

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