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SNAP and Medicaid – From The Texas Workforce Commission Website
Due to COVID-19, all SNAP recipients will get the maximum amount for their household size for April and May. The April amount will be added by Wednesday, April 15. You can see the maximum monthly SNAP amounts based on family size here
If you recently applied for SNAP or Medicaid or received a notice to call us, you do not need to call us or speak to anyone to complete your application. Current SNAP and Medicaid recipients will have their benefits renewed automatically. Recipients will be notified by mail when they need to renew their benefits. No further action is necessary.
COVID-19 FAQ for People Receiving SNAP, TANF or Medicaid (PDF)
Job Seekers – From The Texas Workforce Commission Website
COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Update
Important Note to COVID-19 Applicants:
If you have already applied for unemployment benefits, DO NOT APPLY AGAIN. TWC will determine which pandemic unemployment benefits program you are eligible for and notify you by mail or electronic correspondence. Make sure to request benefit payment on the date listed on the filing instructions we provided you when you applied, and every two weeks after that on your filing day.
If you have not been able to apply for benefits because of the high call volumes and online system issues, please try again at ui.workforce.org. We are seeing lower volume on the online portal between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Try back during those hours to apply for benefits, check the status of your claim, or request benefit payment.
We have also expanded our Tele-Center hours to 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week. We have also expanded our ability to take claims online. Call our Tele-Center at your designated call time: 800-939-6631
If you need to apply for benefits, we encourage you to review our Unemployment Benefits web pages for general information about unemployment benefits, eligibility, benefit amounts, and how we pay you before you apply.
For help in preparing to apply for benefits, review our tutorials on our Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) web page. There, we have tutorials on how to:
- Create a TWC User ID and password
- Apply for benefits online
- Use electronic correspondence
- Request a benefit payment, and much more.
These web pages and tutorials provide all the information you need to know about what you need to provide during the application process, how the process works, and what happens next.
You can also get answers by reading our Unemployment Benefits Handbook.
Our unemployment web pages, our handbook, and our tutorials – and even our online apply for benefits program – are also available in Spanish. Look for the “Ver esta página en español” near the top right of every unemployment webpage. Spanish applicants can apply for benefits online in Spanish at Servicios de Beneficios de Desempleo.
TWC is taking action to implement the new law and working with the Department of Labor to implement the act while continuing to work tirelessly to process unemployment insurance claims caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
How do you extend your benefits?
- If you recently exhausted benefits, no action is needed from you. We will determine if you qualify and notify you by mail or electronic correspondence of your eligibility.
- We are upgrading our system to adapt to the new legislation. If you attempt to access the system or call prior to receiving notification we will not be able to assist you.
What does the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill mean for me?
- If you are self-employed, a contract worker or previously worked in a position that did not report wages, you may qualify for unemployment!
Tax Department – From The Texas Workforce Commission Website
Due to COVID-19, the due date for the 1st Quarter 2020 tax reports and payments is extended to May 15, 2020.
Due to the unprecedented amount of internet traffic on both our claimant and employer systems, PLEASE DO NOT START FILING your 1ST Quarter 2020 TAX REPORT UNTIL after APRIL 15, 2020.
This will allow uninterrupted internet access for individuals filing for unemployment and help ensure employers have access to their online accounts.
The Texas Workforce Commission has determined that a Texas employer’s account will not be charged for any claims filed due to COVID-19.
Benefits paid to a former employee as a result of COVID-19 will not be included in the employer’s future tax rate calculations.
Please note employers will receive a Notice of Maximum Potential Chargeback regarding the reason for claimant separation(s). Employers should provide a detailed reason to assist our Benefits Department in making any COVID-19 Chargeback determinations.
The following is also a consideration:
- if a business has closed temporarily or permanently, a Mass Claim may need to be initiated
- If employee hours are reduced, layoffs can potentially be avoided through TWC’s shared work program
Additionally, Reimbursing Employers are excluded from any Chargeback protections as outlined in 205.011(2) and 204.022 of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.
Please refer to the following items for more information on actions taken by TWC.