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Md. Senate sets hearing on unemployment insurance issues

Maryland lawmakers plan to hold a hearing Tuesday on the difficulties in applying for and receiving unemployment benefits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate Finance and Budget and Taxation Committees plan to hold the virtual hearing on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

“While the administration has claimed that all issues have been addressed, constituent calls and media reports show thousands of Marylanders with the inability to receive the benefits they are entitled to so they can put food on the table,” according to a release from Senate President Bill Ferguson’s office.

Members of the public can sign up in advance to testify virtually.

Nearly 400,000 residents have filed for benefits in the last seven weeks.

The state’s new online system crashed within hours of going live and struggled to keep up with demand. Gov. Larry Hogan has said the website is now fixed.

Additionally, some members of the public say they have waited for weeks to receive their first payment after successfully applying for benefits.

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One comment

  1. I filed for unemployment and was approved on the old system and my benefit begin date is 4/19/20 and have already filed my 4th week. When I go into the payment history it still saying no payment has been made nor has a card been issued. My bills are piling up like everyone else’s. I’ve heard from others that were approved around the same time as me and haven’t received anything either. That was around the time they changed the system because when I filed my weekly cert for the first time it was with the new system. My friends son filed on May 9th and has already received his card and his 1st payment. I’ve tried to call, email and nothing. I don’t know how I’m going to feed my family and pay my bills.

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