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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Notification to Claimants Regarding American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is providing this Notice to claimants about provisions of ARPA. DWD will also provide individual notice to impacted claimants.

This Notice includes changes to program dates and benefit levels for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) programs.

Please use the link below which applies to your filing status on March 13, 2021:

I was actively filing for regular unemployment insurance (UI) week ending 3/13/21

I was actively filing for PEUC week ending 3/13/21

I was actively filing for PUA week ending 3/13/21 but previously had a PEUC claim

I was actively filing for PUA week ending 3/13/21 and did NOT have a previous PEUC claim

I was NOT actively filing week ending 3/13/21 but had a previous PEUC claim

I was NOT actively filing week ending 3/13/21 but had a previous PUA claim (but never had a PEUC claim)

In addition to one of the above, I have a regular UI claim or PEUC but also have self-employment and may be eligible for MEUC.


I was actively filing for regular unemployment insurance week ending 3/13/21

You are currently filing a claim under the regular unemployment insurance program.  The American Rescue Plan Act has restarted the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. Continue to file your weekly voucher if you remain unemployed. The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.  You may also be eligible for MEUC in addition to FPUC.  More information is below.

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I was actively filing for PEUC week ending 3/13/21

You are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. The American Rescue Plan Act increased the maximum amount of benefits available under the PEUC program from 24 times your average weekly benefit amount to 49 times your average weekly benefit amount[1].

There is no new PEUC application that must be filed to receive this benefit. Continue to file your weekly voucher for the PEUC program if you remain unemployed. You will also need to complete the To-Do on your Claimant Homepage to File a New UI Claim at quarter change.

These additional PEUC benefits may only be collected for weeks ending on or after March 14, 2021. The last payable week for PEUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Additionally, for each week of PEUC eligibility, you will be eligible for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

You may also be eligible for MEUC in addition to FPUC.  More information is below.

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I was actively filing for PUA week ending 3/13/21 but previously had a PEUC claim

You previously exhausted your claim for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The American Rescue Plan Act increased the maximum amount of benefits available under the PEUC program from 24 times your average weekly benefit amount to 49 times your average weekly benefit amount.[2]

You may only collect PUA if you have exhausted any entitlement to PEUC. Because of the additional PEUC benefits available, you are no longer eligible to receive PUA. If you continue to be unemployed or partially unemployed, you will automatically be moved to your existing PEUC claim. Note that your PEUC claim may have a different weekly benefit amount because the program uses a different look-back period for your prior earnings. When you file your weekly vouchers, add employment history for any employment you have had after the last voucher you filed.

The last payable week for PEUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

If you later exhaust benefits under the PEUC program and continue to be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible to resume collection of your existing PUA benefits if the PUA program is still in effect.

Additionally, for each week of PEUC eligibility, you will be eligible for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment.

The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

You may also be eligible for MEUC in addition to FPUC.  More information is below.

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I was actively filing for PUA week ending 3/13/21 and did NOT have a previous PEUC claim

You are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The American Rescue Plan Act increased the maximum amount of benefits available under the PUA program from 50 weeks to 75 weeks.[3] Any weeks in which you received regular unemployment insurance (UI) or Extended Benefits (EB) since Jan. 27, 2020 will be subtracted from this amount.

There is no new PUA application that must be filed to receive this benefit. Continue to file your weekly voucher for the PUA program if you remain unemployed. You will also need to complete the To-Do on your Claimant Homepage to File a New UI Claim. These additional PUA benefits may only be collected for weeks ending on or after March 20, 2021.

The last payable week for PUA is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Additionally, for each week of PUA eligibility, you will be eligible for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Claimants receiving PUA are not eligible for MEUC.

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I was NOT actively filing week ending 3/13/21 but had a previous PEUC claim

This notice is to inform you that you may be eligible for additional benefits under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

If you are unemployed or partially unemployed on or after March 14, 2021, please complete the To-Do on your Claimant Homepage to File a New UI Claim. Continue to file your weekly vouchers and add employment history for any employment you have had after the last voucher you filed.

The American Rescue Plan Act increased the maximum amount of benefits available under the PEUC program from 24 times your average weekly benefit amount to 49 times your average weekly benefit amount and is available to individuals who have exhausted their entitlement to regular unemployment insurance.[4]

The last payable week for PEUC is week ending Sept. 4., 2021.

Additionally, for each week of PEUC eligibility, you will be eligible for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4., 2021.

You may also be eligible for MEUC in addition to FPUC.  More information is below.

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I was NOT actively filing week ending 3/13/21 but had a previous PUA claim (but never had a PEUC claim)

This notice is to inform you that you may be eligible for additional benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

If you are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work on or after March 14, 2021, because of COVID-19, please complete the To-Do on your Claimant Homepage to File a New UI Claim. Continue to file your weekly vouchers and add employment history for any employment you have had after the last voucher you filed.

The American Rescue Plan Act increased the maximum amount of benefits available under the PUA program from 50 weeks to 75 weeks and is available to individuals who are affected by COVID-19 and are self-employed or otherwise not eligible for regular unemployment insurance.[5] Any weeks in which you received regular UI or Extended Benefits (EB) since Jan. 27, 2020 will be subtracted from this amount.

The last payable week for PUA is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Additionally, for each week of PUA eligibility, you will be eligible for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Starting with week ending March 20, 2021, if you are eligible for at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will also receive a $300 supplemental FPUC payment. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. The last payable week for FPUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021. There is no phaseout period for FPUC.

Claimants receiving PUA are not eligible for MEUC.

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I have a regular UI claim or PEUC but also have self-employment and may be eligible for MEUC.

You may be eligible for an additional $100 supplemental payment under the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program if you received regular unemployment insurance or PEUC and you were also self-employed.

To qualify, you must:
1) have earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income in the most recent taxable year prior to your application for regular unemployment insurance, and

2) submit documentation substantiating your self-employment income.

If you are eligible for the MEUC program and are paid at least $1 of your underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment, you will receive the $100 MEUC payment. This is provided in addition to FPUC.  MEUC starts with week ending Jan. 2, 2021. The last payable week for MEUC is week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

DWD is working to implement the program. More information will be provided once it is available.

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  1. Please note that ARPA refers to 53 weeks but has an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2021. This would be 49 weeks; the 53 weeks was an error in drafting.
  2. Please note that ARPA refers to 53 weeks but has an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2021. This would be 49 weeks; the 53 weeks was an error in drafting.
  3. Please note that ARPA refers to 79 weeks but has an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2021. This would be 75 weeks; the 79 weeks was an error in drafting.
  4. Please note that ARPA refers to 53 weeks but has an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2021. This would be 49 weeks; the 53 weeks was an error in drafting.
  5. Please note that ARPA refers to 79 weeks but has an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2021. This would be 75 weeks; the 79 weeks was an error in drafting.

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