Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has approved Maryland’s application to provide unemployed Marylanders with an additional $300 per week in benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA). The Maryland Department of Labor expects to begin distributing the additional benefits by late September.
Eligible claimants will receive the $300 per week in benefits, retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020 and ending no later than December 26, 2020. Claimants must be eligible for a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 and must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Claimants will not have to file a new application to receive LWA benefits.