Do I Need to Take Any Action or Reapply To Get Extended Unemployment Benefit Weeks Under PUA, PEUC, EB or $300 FPUC


This article was last updated on January 11

With the extension of enhanced unemployment programs under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (COVID Relief Bill) many readers are asking if they need to take any action to get the extra 11 weeks of coverage or supplementary $300 payment between December 27th, 2020 and March 14th, 2021. Based on recent Department of Labor guidelines to state unemployment agencies we can infer what actions claimants need to take (if any) based on the status of their claim as of week ending December 26th, 2020. This date is important since it is the end of funding under the CARES act (prior stimulus bill which funded these enhanced UI programs). The new COVID funding relief bill only funds payments after this date starting from December 27th, 2020. Since state unemployment agencies and departments are updating their systems for the new changes you will have to be patient on getting paid and being able to certify for the extended weeks.

Scenario: Actively filing for PUA as of Dec 26th, 2020 (i.e. have a remaining balance) with no previous PEUC claim

If you are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, your coverage has now been extended from 39 weeks to 50 weeks. This excludes any weeks of unemployment compensation (UC) or Extended State Benefits (EB) you may have been eligible for since January 27, 2020. No action is needed in this scenario to receive additional extended benefit weeks. Claimants should continue to file your claim and certify each week.

UI claimants who have had a significant gap in getting unemployment benefits or exhausted their original PUA benefits prior to or before December 26th, 2020 will be able to file for the extended weeks once their state UI system has been updated with the new extensions and associated program changes (see FPUC state tracker). Depending on state they may have to reopen, refile or reactivate their claim. Additional PUA benefits may only be collected for weeks ending on or after December 27, 2020.

Example (Active PUA claim): Mike was getting PUA and in continued filing status up through the week ending 12/26/20, and still had a balance remaining. With the new legislation and funding, Mike can continue to file his weekly certifications beginning with the week ending 1/02/21. He won’t have to reopen his claim. He will also be eligible to get the additional $300 extra FPUC payment.

Example (Exhausted PUA claim balance): Charlene exhausted her PUA benefits on 12/12/2020 and has a zero claim balance. She was unable to get any extended state benefits. In this situation, Charlene will need to wait for her state to implement the new PUA changes (i.e. additional documentation requirements to fight fraud) before being able reopen or reactivate her existing claim. If she is in a new benefit year, she may have to file a new claim and be denied for regular UI before getting PUA. In either situation her state UI agency will provide directions on next steps, but Charlene will likely face delays due to the time it will take states to roll out the new extensions. [I will keep posting updates on this site and encourage you to subscribe to get the latest news]

Actively filing for PUA with previous PEUC claim: Action is needed from the claimant

If you previously exhausted your claim for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, you will have to reapply for the PEUC program since you can 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 must reopen your existing PEUC claim. Your state UI agency will send instructions on how to do this and will vary on a state by state basis. Note that your PEUC claim may have a different weekly benefit amount due versus your PUA benefit to the differing calculation to state UI benefits.

Actively filing for PEUC: No action is needed from the claimant

If you are currently filing a claim under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program the maximum amount of benefits available under the PEUC program increased from 13 weeks to 24 weeks. If you are in this situation with an active claim balance (up to and including the week ending December 26th, 2020) no action should be necessary and you start UI agency will start paying benefits from December 27, 2020. If may take a week or two for your state agency to start paying benefits, which will be retroactively caught up.

Individuals no longer filing or have exhausted their unemployment benefits: Action is needed from the claimant

If you are unemployed or partially unemployed after December 27, 2020 you will need to reopen your PUA or PEUC claim to get coverage for the 11 weeks of extended coverage. They will need to go to their state specific UI site to file their claim or reactivate an existing claim. The process and documentation requirements will vary by state.

Actively filing for Extended Benefits: No action is needed from the claimant

If you had previously exhausted your claim for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and are currently filing a claim under the Extended Benefits (EB) program, no action is needed from you right now. Continue to file your claim each week for the EB program. If you later exhaust EB and continue to be unemployed or partially unemployed, you may be eligible to reopen your PEUC claim and collect these additional benefits.

Getting the $300 FPUC Payment. No action is needed from the claimant

Starting with week ending January 2, 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 payment under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment and will get it once your state UI agency updates their systems to make this payment (see the $300 FPUC state payment tracker)

Getting the $100 Mixed Earners Compensation Payment: Action is needed from the claimant

If you were previously self-employed you may be eligible for an additional $100 supplemental payment under the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program. 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 also receive a $100
supplemental MEUC payment. This is provided in addition to FPUC. After you submit documentation and the state confirms your information, you do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. Continue to file your claim each week for the unemployment benefit you are currently receiving.

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110 thoughts on “Do I Need to Take Any Action or Reapply To Get Extended Unemployment Benefit Weeks Under PUA, PEUC, EB or $300 FPUC

  1. My PUA is exhausted now. What do I do next since my business is still closed because all events are cancelled from Covid. My last payment was in February 2021.

  2. I don’t know what to do Dec 12th I was cut off PUA benefits or they stopped in ohio and had 7 weeks remaining still. It finally let me file for those 7 weeks and I got paid the 300 Federal and half my benefit amount but now it says no weeks remaining and I still only received 7 out of the 11 weeks of federal 300. Will this recalculate itself or? Do I get the extra 4 weeks of federal 300$ for the 4 weeks left or? Does anyone know ? Thanks

    1. I received an FUTURE PUA EXHAUSTION ALERT email stating I had 2 weeks of PUA left (for WED 12/19 & 12/26/20) but, I did not get paid for WED 12/26/20 because my BYE on 12/21/2020. I never received a BYE Letter from GDOL as the website states they will send. I’m betting your Benefit Year ended & you have to file a new claim as I did; I keep certifying PUA so I can do the backdate forms when I apply for PUA once I’m denied UI. They will base your eligibility on the first 2 of the last five quarters–be sure to see page 10 in the UI Claimant Handbook. Be careful about answering 2 of the questions on a new claim; I Resigned from my job not due to Risk of Covid-19, one question (employer’s fault), but due to potential risk of Covid-19, another question after (PUA eligible). I was calling & emailing GDOL to no avail & finally figured it out & filed my new claim on 2/13/21! That’s my new Benefit Year Start Date which is good for 1 year. I hope this helps you work through this, good luck! And, God Bless you.


    1. Sorry there’s nothing you can do they pay do the 4 weeks of the pay you a that they owed you and that was it because that was what was remaining once your balance is zero that’s it you will not get any more only thing you’ll be getting now is a stimulus and that’s it well that goes through

    2. The response you received to your comment is incorrect. Claimants who exhausted their federal pandemic unemployment benefits after December 26, 2020, should have new benefit balances (covering the 11-week extension) added to their PUA and PEUC claims. Keep certifying as long as you can. I know you haven’t been able to file but that is simply a programming malfunction. Either chat with a rep or call the help line and they will file for you manually while you are on the phone. If you need help feel free to call me on 216-647-3860 sincerely, Robin

      1. I need help on what to do…I am not sure whether to reapply or just wait and do nothing. It seems that my situation applies to both. I need someone to clarify for me.

    3. Hey look, you need to go online & apply to SNAP for food stamps right now! They have a Pandemic supplement too! It’s easier to get help right now. You should get all your last bills together in a folder on your pc; you can take pics from your phone & upload via email, then save; but if you don’t have a printer like me, you can click print & save as pdf which is what you want for submitting via email to charities in your area. I did because my electric got cut off & couldn’t pay my rent for waiting on PUA to pay only to find out my BYE & I had to file a new claim; after 2 months! Call or go online to 211 or text 898-211 like I did for charities that serve your area; it saved me. Be sure to click on the Details for each result; getting my rent paid only required the last 30 days of bills not a year or anything like that & their pay Feb. & March 2021. The power company will work with you to reconnect within 24 hours if you’ve got kids & contacting charities for help; they just want to know you’re being truthful about your need; they reconnected me with a promise to pay 2 wks. out & I got help that paid it in full thru 211. Start pulling the rabbits out of your hat & work through it instead of stressing out & panicking; don’t do that. I have no one else to depend on; I had to manage it & they helped me. And, you need to file a new claim but see how they calculate Wage Base in the UI Handbook first so that you know what you’re doing & what to expect going forward before you file a new claim; if you file a new claim between Jan.-March then your Wage Base is calculated using the first 2 of the last 5 quarters: Oct.-Dec. year before last & Jan.-March of last year so do not wait because like I haven’t worked since April of last year but I work full-time those 2 quarters. They take the highest of those 2 quarters gross and divide it by 42=your benefit amout which may exceed the max. benefit of $365 PUA.

  4. Can someone please help me ?!
    I filed in CA in July- at least 3 times apparently wrong and the pua unemployment said my employer never reported my wages, I sent them and they also never received them. I kept calling and never go through until I gave up, tried again in the beginning of December and finally got through before trump signed the bill where no one can receive back pay prior to that. So I reported my wages again at that time and she told me I was all set. Never saw anything updated until I called AGAIN in JAN, she mentioned that I never stated it was due to COVID when I first filed.. IDK what I was doing I put reduced wages. no one told me this prior to that date in Jan that I made a mistake SO now I have a new claim date with no backpay and I’m moving so I have to quit my job. Now someone is suppose to call me and that is the deciding factor weather i am approved of not since trump signed that bill??? I’m lost and disappointed. Now I have to wait for a phone call and the decision will be based on what how they feel and what I say I did? What can I do to get the benefits owed to me?? Please help if you have anymore information!

    1. The response you received to your comment is incorrect. Claimants who exhausted their federal pandemic unemployment benefits after December 26, 2020, should have new benefit balances (covering the 11-week extension) added to their PUA and PEUC claims. Keep certifying as long as you can. I know you haven’t been able to file but that is simply a programming malfunction. Either chat with a rep or call the help line and they will file for you manually while you are on the phone. If you need help feel free to call me on 216-647-3860 sincerely, Robin

      1. What about if you exhausted before Dec. 27th? In Ohio, thousands ran out of PUA the week before Christmas, not after. I have received a total of 46 weeks of PUA. It shows on my claim that I’m exhausted. The week ending the first week in feb was the last week that was paid (that brought me to 46 total weeks. Everything is zeroed out. Where’s the extra 4 weeks?
        Again..thousands ran out the week BEFORE christmas.

  5. I’m on regular unemployment here in Tennessee, my claim benefit balance is now zero after getting the remaining balance of $22 plus the $300 on Monday, my question is will I have to file a NEW claim or will EB or PEUC be automatically started?

    I waited 10 weeks before my claim was even approved and paid…Not looking forward to another 2 month wait..

    Thank you for your advice, the Jobs4tn site is pretty arcane.

  6. Having lot of issues here in Pa . No money since12/30 . Am on PEUC program. No answers to emails or phone calls . Got one reply that said checked my status, said issue was resolved and keep calling PAT every 2weeks. They owe me over $3000.

  7. I was on regular unemployment and reached the maximum amount of benefits on Jan 4th 2021. Mine is extended until April of this year. I got an email a couple days after I exhausted my benefits, that if I qualify for an extension it will do it automatically but I’ve been waiting for a month and still nothing. Anyone else? Or are you still waiting for extension as well? I haven’t run across anyone in my situation that exhausted it in the beginning of this month. Also I can’t open a new claim until my benefit year is up in April but I’m still unemployed and can’t wait that long to keep getting benefits. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Was collecting unemployment for the entire year (2020). I exhausted those benefits on December 27. That included all the extensions as well. My claim status says “FILED” and had an amount in the “WBR”. Hitting the “What does this mean” link, tells me that I need to do nothing, and the extent should kick in automatically. But may take 1-2 weeks. And I shouldn’t certify weekly until I get an email from them. Some people say I need to reopen! Others say doing that will prolong any payments. I’ve worked steady for 30+ years! And I’ve never had an issue. My 19 year old daughter, who makes LESS than I do, got the extension, AND the extra $300 on top of that! I need to know what to do here! I have child support, bills, and rent! Made very good money in my career, and I can’t get a job based on others willing to take a lower pay! I’m just a 50 year old father of two, who’s currently unemployed, and had to move back home to care for my father! This is important, and shouldn’t be disregarded as “we’re very busy and will get to all of you eventually”. It’s no time on their part to send out an automated email, to let us know what to do! Anyone with advice?…much appreciated!

      1. If you drawed benefits all year then I bet your Benefit Year ended and you didn’t get a BYE (Benefit Year Ending Letter notifying you of your BYE date). File a new UI claim immediately. I went through the same thing & it took 2 months to figure it out. I’m going to fill out forms to Request for Backdate once I get approved.

  8. Here in MO…My benefit year ended and reapplied for reg ui and was denied be of insufficient wages. Was told to apply for PUA, which I did 6 weeks ago…I’ve received no correspondence since I’ve applied. When I click to apply for PUA, it says already have a pending PUA claim on file. How long is this supposed to take? Or under the new act…are they extending claims and paying peuc on those that the benefit year just ended?

  9. Andy:

    I’m an Illinois PEUC exhaustee effective Dec. 26th 2020. I’ve had a call in a waiting line for over 2 weeks with no return call or help! I’ve continued to certify and yet $0.00 dollars as of present. Soooooo frustrated….

  10. My Ohio EB stopped on 12/12/2020 I was still able to certify weeks up till 01/16/2021 on the pua site like always shows 5 week’s available but no payment for any weeks has been made. Will the new deal get me paid?

  11. I’m in Ca. March 2020 I was denied regular EDD but qualified for PUA. I’m an Independent contractor & self employed. In November I got the PUA extension for extra weeks. Dec 26 mine ended too. 1/13/21 I finally saw an update. A link to “reopen”. I was hesitant to click it because EDD site says don’t do anything and EDD will automatically recalculate and extend soon. 1/15/21 I caved and clicked “reopen”. I completed the whole Reopen online form. It was submitted & confirmation showed that it went through. This morning I checked EDD and it has a link to “ Reopen “ again. Now I’m confused, did it not submit correctly or is their a glitch in their system? I should have never clicked reopen in the first place, I reopened and filled out the online questions the first time and now it’s saying to Reopen again. I’m so confused. I hope I didn’t mess it up more. Anyone else have this issue?

    1. @Lisa I have the reopen link on my husbands account also. Like you he is a independent contractor. His ended 12/31/2020 but he had a balance of over $5000. We got the first message saying you don’t need to do anything EDD will recalculate and either inbox (on UI Online), texted or email when you can certify for weeks. He then got the same message as you saying if you haven’t certified in a while you need or you never certified for the benefit year…you need to reopen. It was confusing. I searched high and low for the answer because I was scared to reopen and cause other problems. What I found was: people on PUA Do Not need to reopen if they had a balance remaining when the federal payments expired in Dec. The EDD will recalculate and send you a notice when you can start certifying again. If you Did Not have a balance when the federal payments expired then YES You Do Need to reopen your claim. If you reopened the claim and you had a balance remaining then it will slow down the calculation process. I’m hoping they just kick out your reopen application if you had a balance. Some people said when they click the reopen for PUA it told them they didn’t need to submit that application. The only other suggestion I can give is to either call (which is a joke) or click on the “ASK EDD” button on the website or the “CONTACT US” good luck Lisa and God Bless

    2. Hello Lisa the exact thing happened to me I guess we just wait for their updates soon

    3. You have to reapply for regular unemployment and get rejected so that you can apply for pua. I think that you clicked submit but it did not go through. I did the same thing. I had to redue it and I saw that I was missing something. They send an email to you if it is submitted.

      1. Cali PUA here…@John Same here, except my husbands apply month. DO NOT Reopen. Thats is an error for PUA. The EDD will recalculate and they will send you a notice either UI online inbox, email or text. I’ve been checking every couple of days since the new fed extention. My husband literally just got a notice he had weeks to certify available on Wed. Then he got his money on his debit card last night (2 days). 2 things though 1.) When you get your notice to certify, and you fill out the first 2 weeks, you have to click on the certify button a couple of times to get all of your back weeks. It dosen’t tell you. 2.) It won’t show the extra $300. After you certify, click on History at the top. Slide over to & click on transaction, then it will take you to a page that will show you total at the bottom. Your base and the $300. You can click on the blue detail button for the break down. Good luck.

    4. Hi Lisa, I don’t know if it’s relevant but here’s an update from my first reply. You don’t need to click the reopen button even if you DON’T have a balance. EDD will recalculate PUA. Thats is for people who have regular UB. From what I read on EDD website, if you clicked reopen then you should get paid for that week you get approved on, and the previous weeks you’re owed from Dec end time will take a little longer. It will come but it slows down the back weeks process.

  12. Hi All,
    From Virginia, on January 3rd 2021, I was trying to file for my weekly unemployment claim for W/E 1/2/2021, the unemployment system took me back to W/E 12/26/2020 and stop me there. There was no other option where I can process the weekly certification. Since then the system is not allowing me to certify for my weekly claim. Although I have exhausted PUA (39 weeks), but with the new legislation, the benefit have been extended for additional weeks for the PUA. Can someone let me know how I can move forward with the weekly certification to get the benefit that I am intitle to?

    Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

    My Best,

    Vanessa Rathsvongsack

      1. Thank you for responding to my questions! You are the best of the best. Now I know what to expect!
        From Virginia.

    1. Get ahold of your states unemployment office by way of phone and they will remove that for you so that you can move forward. Keep in mind that it might be difficult to get someone on the phone

      1. Not difficult in VA impossible i call 75+ times a day nothing.

  13. I am also confused. I filed for unemployment in NJ due to covid March 22, 2021. I exhausted my regular benefits and got was told to certify the following week that I wouldn’t have to do anything and I received an additional amount of weeks but I have no way to find out how many on the unemployment website. So which program did I just exhaust my benefits from. My last check on this new extension that exhausted my benefits was on 01/02/2021. Do I reopen a claim now?

  14. Same here! So the key word here is patience. They’re making the rounds and it takes time but you will get your $. Slowly but surely everyone is getting what they’re anticipating so at the very least, if you feel like you are waiting way longer than everybody else, the phone lines should be freeing up more and more each day. In theory. Hope everybody gets whats they need!

  15. How do I contact someone about my payment on my pua claim status that I have updated my account for my pua claim status for my bank account and I haven’t exhausted my money and I been filing like I suppose to every week but nothing been deposit into my account for 4 weeks it saying issue with payment bank accounts block but I updated my new account already so why it still say that and no money been paid to me yet

  16. Im in Ca. Someone please help my PUA ended on the 26th of Dec. I have 0 balance and claim ending date said Dec. 26th 2020 and it did have the button to reopen claim but now it doesnt and says I have used maximum benefits allowed on this claim I cannot reopen or open a new claim until the benefit year ends and theres a new ending date of April 10th 2021 but still a 0 balance and unable to certify anyone else???? I havent heard anyone have this issue

  17. I am very confused. I know that my pua was exhaused as of Dec 31st. I heard that there was an extention so I looked to see if I recieved anything. I recieved a message saying I need to refile a claim. When I clicked on the link, it said do NOT file a claim if your benefits have been exhaused. I have literally called EDD for 3 days straight and have called for 6-8 hrs a day with no connection to a live person. The only other message I recieved was about filing taxes. The only other thing I can do is wait because it is exhausting, confusing and frustrating. If anyone is able to get some real answers, please let us know.
    From Calif

    1. To all those in a state of confusion as I was. Be patient, today I was finally able to log in and certify for benefits, it back dated to Dec. 27th for the 2 weeks. i did not reopen my claim, and fill out the long forms we did while applying the very first time, so don’t waste time doing that. My opinion it will take the system longer to sort out the confusion. On the other hand a family member who owned a business, their EDD has not been updated yet and they are on a slightly different claim, I believe pandemic. Anyhow, wait and check througout this week.

    2. @Mary I found a help link to ask questions in the EDD website. I asked if I needed to so anything to get the 11 weeks of PUA. They said they if you have a PUA claim, they will recalculate your benefit amount and contact you through UI Online, mail or text when you can certify for your next benefit payment. It also said they are updating the system and we do not need to contact EDD. They will contact you. So what I get is be patient. We need to wait for them to contact us. We Do Not need to reopen our claim. They are taking care of the regular unemployment and Fed Ed first then the people with a PUA claim that ended on Dec 26 then the people on PEUA thats the order. I know some write to continue submitting your certify form, thats for reg UI. The EDD dis not upload the certify form to his UI online account. It previously said don’t do anything EDD will recalculate and contact…now it has the Blue Button to REOPEN but that is for the people who they listed below the button( people who received a notice from their job or union). We have to just wait for EDD. I hope this helps. God bless.

      1. Sorry about the typos. I had a rough night and I didn’t find a edit button

        1. Thanks so much Robin! After searching for answer online for days, your info finally told me what I was looking for.

  18. how about this i had filed for pua which became active way back in may i was then put on regular ui. this pua claim stayed active because me not knowing what i was actually doing kept randomly filing weeks curious if i would get anything or not. fast forward im put on to peuc because i exhausted my regular ui. that now ran out on dec 26th i was then told to reapply or to get on pua well every week since it has let me file weeks for peuc yet still my pua claim is active yet ive never been paid from it this is in the great state of kansas where we still have no word of when we might get benefits again…. any suggestion

    1. My puea ended on the 26 of December , it still shows that I’m on extension with a $85 remaining balance . however no option to certify or my benefits have been extended. The only thing that has came up was asking me to reopen claim I did then it said request has been received . every time edd update system it resets mine asking me again to reopen claim I’ve done this twice now the third time I have not done anything

  19. In California here. Has anyone had any luck reopening their claim? I have the option to do so, not sure if im supposed to. Expired on Dec. 26th of course and like most people I still have a claim balance left. Has anyone had any success reopening? Getting conflicted messages. To reopen or not to reopen, that is the question…

    1. Per CA EDD. “If you stop certifying for continued benefits, and it’s been more than 30 days since you last certified for benefits, your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim becomes inactive. You must reopen your claim to request benefit payments.” Sounds like you need to reopen your claim and then follow the instructions recievied to keep getting payments.

    2. I’ve been researching today and am also getting conflicting messages. I have tried to call 833-978-2511
      option 1-2-1, I have not got through to anyone and have called over 20x’s.
      I also read through this, but am not finding the answers I need.
      It’s really unfair the non communication we are receiving from the department, especially with direct questions if we are to reopen our claims or not. If anyone has updates for themselves please let us all know.

      1. See this article where I post updates for CA UI and answer your q –

        Do I need to Reopen Claim to get benefits with CA EDD?
        Getting this question a bit and per CA EDD, “If you stop certifying for continued benefits, and it’s been more than 30 days since you last certified for benefits, your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim becomes inactive. You must reopen your claim to request benefit payments.” However based on calls people have had with EDD they are getting a somewhat conflicting message with one person commenting ” I just got off the phone with EDD and the rep said nobody has received an extension [as of January 11th] and only people who are receiving payments are from pending payments on December 26th. She also said it doesn’t matter if you clicked the reopen claim button the extensions will be rolled out this week and to wait for an email or text message notification that you have available weeks to certify”.

        So it appears that if you cannot reopen your claim, you would need to wait for further instructions from CA EDD to file for the extended benefits. Given they are updating their systems over the next few weeks, it could be until the end of January before you can reopen of file a new claim.

    3. I’m in PA but I hope this info helps you Unless you receive a message for weeks available for filling You must wait for the system to update No one who had a case before Dec 26 2020 should be refilling yet. it you refilled by mistake It will automatically be fixed when States update their system by mid Feb 2021

  20. im in ca. pua expired on dec.26 on sunday i couldn’t certify only reopen claim available stating employer,union. the system is a complete mess. the time frame of my claim extended automatically but no benefits. edd needs help. no one answers the phone. governor does not speak about the shortage at edd. if they hired some of us , we wouldn’t need to apply

    1. This is what an other commenter said ” After 2 hours and 31 minutes in and a wait time of 45 minutes I just got off the phone with EDD and the rep said nobody has received an extension and the people who are receiving payments are from pending payments on December 26th. She also said it doesn’t matter if you clicked the reopen claim button the extensions will be rolled out this week and to wait for an email or text message notification that you have available weeks to certify”.

  21. @ Stacey I have been dealing with the same exact situation in Ca. Not knowing if I should reopen or not. Have not been able to get a solid answer nor have i been able to get ahold of anyone over the phone. My UI online account was already extended from 12/26/20- 4/06/2021. But i also received the message saying to reopen. And when i try to call the automatic message says if you have the federal extension no action is needed. So confused its crazy. Anybody have any answers on this. Good Luck Stacey and everyone else. Stay strong through these hard times and be careful with scams. I would not open any link that comes through a txt message thats for sure.

  22. I accidentally refiled and now it says claim have been exhausted and balance of $0.00 an IP inc . If anyone knows what to do please help . I still had a pua balance but was told to refile. I hope those of us that did this aren’t screwed.

    1. you don’t need to refile all refile mistakes will be automatically fixed when the state update their system

  23. I was wondering if I will get the 11 week extension. I used all my other puc here in California and I was unable to do my vertication like I always did for my 2 weeks. Said I used everything up but I should get the extra 11 weeks dont I? Do I need yo wait until the system updates and try back in a few days or do I have to reapply? I wonder if edd is hiring?

  24. Hi, My husband has been receiving PUA in California since Oct 2020 his PUA UI online said his claim ended on Dec 31st. His last payment was on Dec 27th. Balance is around $5600. $167. Is weekly amount. The UI online was saying if you have a previous PUA you don’t need to reapply (do anything). EDD will automatically recalculate your payments…We will email or text you after updating etc. I went online today and it says “Reopen Your Claim
    If you have not certified for benefits for a period of time or you have never certified during this benefit year, you must reopen your claim”.
    there’s a blue button to click on to “Reopen Your Claim”
    Then under that it says:”If you received a claim form from your employer or union, special handling is required to reopen your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. You must call one of the numbers below for assistance in reopening your claim.
    For Work Sharing claims only: 916-464-3300
    For all other claims visit Contact Us.
    You cannot reopen a claim more than once within the same calendar week (Sunday through Saturday).
    The previous message said EDD would send an email or text with instructions. We don’t know if this new message applies to HIS PUA claim or regular unemployment as it is not clear. There’s no message in his UI online inbox and He has not received anything saying what steps he needs to take. We don’t want to reopen his claim and make a mistake and it takes even longer or he gets some type of penalty. I also read everything on the EDD website and it dosen’t say. It’s very confusing. Please help as reaching a live person is virtually impossible in California. Thank you.

    1. This 100%.
      In the same exact situation. CA also. Im afraid to “Reopen” the claim, don’t want to mess anything up.

      1. @Wade I also read on here, and EDD postings to continue to certify for the weeks while waiting for EDD to update the system. The problem is there’s no way to certify. Edd hasn’t loaded his form online to certify. He was due to certify on the 10th of Jan. I did find a ask a question site in edd and I’m gonna read it right now. If I find anything out I’ll post the info.

  25. I live in CA, and received a text message from EDD 12/23/20 with a link to updates on federal unemployment benefits, click on link and gives me an update stating they are waiting for US Dept of Labor on how states must follow law. The text link I received said they will notify me through UI onine, mail or text when I can certify for my next benefit payment. I haven’t received any of these yet.

    Logged into my UI online today, certify notifications say “Reopen Your Claim If you have not certified for benefits for a period of time or you have never certified during this benefit year, you must reopen your claim”. Do I have to go through this rigorous process and reopen my claim again? I am afraid to do this because it could mess up in the system and then a bigger problem is created. I have a claim balance, on extension, last payment issued 12/29.

    1. This is my exact situation, Stacey. Im in CA too. Im so confused as to what to do? It looks like the “Reopen your claim” button is the only option other than just waiting it out and seeing if anything gets updated on its own. Can’t get a hold of anyone either.

      1. Understood, all this is so confusing. I had called myself and that is a dead end, they never answer no matter how many times you call. I haven’t heard of them having to wait until they receive federal laws, EDD has implemented the unemployment, extended shortly after passing of all previous bills.

  26. I accidentally refiled and now it says claim have been exhausted and bal of o amd an IP inc what will happen i was collecting my reg pua prior to this then it said I was inactive e so refiled then kept do I f research amf afte found out to not refile will it be automaticaly corrected or will i be under some kind of penalty or not receive or what will happen im stress and worried now over. A simple mistake

  27. I got a award notice saying I got extra 7 weeks on claim it ended on dec 31 2020 and I still have a balance of 2,598 dollers I’m frustrated because one message on my claim page says my claim has expired file a new one then after a message saying there updating system don’t file a new claim I’m confused what to do do I wait let them update system to add my extra weeks or do I reapply I’m lost anyone who knows what I sould do please email me at

  28. I’m in Cali my benefits PEUC ended dec 26 2020 it also says maximum benefits paid I cannot file for a new claim until end date but mine says extension I also have a balance of $85 . It seems it’s like paused or frozen not sure I’m afraid of calling and getting no answer . I’m thinking maybe the system still updating and soon I will see answer

  29. My PUA in Michigan was exhausted for the 39 weeks on Dec. 26. Now it says Case Closed under the claim and there are no more alerts to certify. When I click on the claim, there are no alerts available, however on the main page there is the hyperlink saying to File a new PUA claim. I just spoke to an agent on the phone (actually got thru to a live person) and she said to not do anything, don’t file the new claim yet, you will receive a letter saying whether or not you qualify for the extension. If your letter says you qualify it will automatically update and you can start certifying again, if you do not qualify, then you can file the new claim. So now we just wait!!! I know this was driving me crazy not knowing what to do so hope this helps anyone having the same issues!

  30. I exhausted 39 weeks of PUA in Pennsylvania in November. I opened a new claim on the 27th of December and the portal showed 5 weeks of benefits available???? Any input would be immensely appreciated.

  31. EB Ohio claim. Payment status reads “DENIED”. Do I need to reapply? I still had funds to claim, but Ohio stated the EB program was ending. Did this program end or was it extended with the other programs? Should I refile/reopen my claim? Online chat and virtual chat is useless, and there aren’t enough phone minutes in the world to cover the hold wait time over the phone. Any info???!!!

    1. Funding was extended, but depends on the unemployment rate in your state (OH) if they activate it. Has to be above a certain threshold. They will send a notification or post on their website if that program has been extended

  32. I exhausted my pua dec 26th. It now says to answer questions to certify. Everyone says not to touch it. What do I do???

    1. I finally got thru to an agent on the phone and was told not to do anything with my PUA claim which was also exhausted on the 26th. Says everyone will receive a letter saying if they qualify for the extension or if they do not after they get everything updated. If you qualify, it will automatically update and you will see the alerts to start certifying again. If you don’t qualify, you will need to refile a new PUA claim. Hope this helps!!

      1. I still have 396.00 left in my puca.but I cant certify for it, also wont I get the extra 11 weeks? What do I do wait until edd has upgraded their system? And how long does that take here in California?

    2. you certifi ever one you see in there dont ever stop i did got payed 6 weeks 2200 in ohio

  33. Im having trouble finding answers to this issue:
    “Maximum benefits paid” but with a Claim Balance over $1,000. Havent been able to certify after Dec. 26th. Im assuming delay, but wondering if anyone else is in the same situation or maybe has a better idea of whats going on. Any response is helpful, thank you in advance!

    1. Sounds like your state (and not sure which one you are in) is still updating their system for the extension. Hence your benefit balance has not been updated. Most states should be updated in the next couple of weeks (FL, VA and NV, maybe not as historically bad) and you should be able to ceritfy or reapply based on directions your state provides

  34. Several days now and my claim end date has been changed to March 2021 but shows as being ineligible under regular UI which I dont get anyway from self employment, my guess would be at some point they fix it and put me back in the PUA program I was in since that has since been exhausted as the website shows me. All very confusing and doesnt make any sense, should have been placed back in PUA automatically and had the balance refresh for the next 3 months with the added extra $300 from the government.

    1. Does PUA in fact get the additional $300? I wasn’t sure of that. The wording is so jumbled and sloppy.

      1. Yes! If you get PUA between Dec 27th and Mar 14th, you will get the $300 FPUC! But you have to certify and be eligible for all the 11 weeks in that period as the payments are made weekly.

  35. I draw my unemployment in ohio my EB run out dec 12th will I be able to get on the extended unemployment

    1. I’m in the same boat. Last week I was paid 12/12/2020 I have been able to certify last 5 weeks but no money yet it’s hard for me to understand if what I need has been extended

  36. My husbands last payable PUA week was for December 26, 2020 that was his 39 weeks he barely made it but he received both his PUA & FPUC payment this morning. My moms PUA claim exhausted on November 7, 2020 and she didn’t receive neither one. Does anyone know what she has to do in order to receive the extension? I have look and look on Georgia Department of Labor website & I still don’t know what to do?

    1. Im in maryland. My PUA ended the week ending 12/19. Literally a week before everything stopped! ugh. I almost made it. But I received an email Monday with instructions on steps to take to reopen my claim and I was finally able to do that today and everything is back opened. I’ll retroactively be receiving the week ending in 01/02 as well.

      I’m not sure if PUA gets the additional $300 though.

  37. My husbands last payable PUA week was for December 26, 2020 that was his 39 weeks. So I certified him for the week of January 2, 2020. Checked his UI online portal this morning and in his PUA payment summary his regular weekly PUA payment & also his FPUC payment were posted & deposited. But his UI portal it still has 39 week as his maximum weeks and says he has received 39 of 39 payment.

  38. My UI claim is out of Nevada. My 26 initial UI claim was exhausted the week ending date Dec. 16th. I went through the whole process of filing for the PEUC on Mon Dec 18. Due to the bill not being approved I had to go through the 3hr ordeal of filing for extended benefits the following Mon. Now I have a active PEUC and EB claim and who knows when I will receive my payment for the week of Jan 2nd. Unfortunately there is a good possibility of me getting a call end of this week early next week to go to work but I need that payment to travel to the job. I just thought Id share the steps I had to go through to keep payments coming. Hopefully they get that money out sooner then later…smh

  39. I still have a balnce in my PUA account for California – but my portal says my claim has expired as of 12/31/2020 – it says I need to file a new claim – but when I go to that page it says “do not file a new claim if you have an existing claim” – it’s confusing and I’m not sure what to do! Should I wait for CA EDD to sort out new regulations??

    1. Exactly. EDD and most state UIs are struggling to process extensions and some messages are still tied to old rules. Give it another week.

    2. Andy
      My benefits have been exhausted since November 2 2020. Up until yesterday I was not able to certify weeks but was able to certify as of yesterday the weeks up to December 26 but can not see my payment boxes and got message about my dua claim has been cancelled withdrawn. What does this mean and has anyone else been through this. Thank you

      1. The CARES Act ended December 30th, 2020. Therefore, no payments will be made for WED 12/26/2020 & prior. Payments will be made from WED Jan. 2, 2021 – March 13, 2021; can you certify for any of these date? Or, are you unable to now? If so, check your BYE (Benefit Year Ending Date); not the Effective Date on MyUI as that is the program effective date. If your Benefit Year ended you will need to file a new claim asap. Good Luck!

  40. Hi I just wanted to know why I haven’t received my regular unemployment payment even though it said that I was approved for the benefit extension

  41. So my Ohio (pua) was exhausted as of Dec20th, and my (pua) login is updating, will I need to apply for extended benifits or will it automatically do it after the system updates… Just wondering because my finances are pretty messed up right now.

    1. I read on the United States Department of labor that claimants who’s claim exhausted before December 26, 2020 you will still get the extension but it will be delayed. The claimants that still had weeks left that the processed their payments first. USDOL is updating the exhausted claims. The first payable week for the extension and the extra FPUC was for January 2nd. They are predicting a 2 week delay but those payment not received they will reactively pay back to January 2. Hope this info helped you

      1. You currently have a claim established; however, it is inactive. If you wish to reactivate or reopen your claim in order to file for benefits, you may do so online or by calling your UC Service Center at 1-888-313-7284. Not sure what to do but wait? I was prompted to reopen a claim and I did and this what’s it’s saying. Also when I check claim status it says processed and status is uc

    2. I was on the PEUC program in Tennessee and my benefits exhausted the week before Dec 26th. I was advised to refile on the 26th because I was told we most likely would have to refile to continue benefits of ours had exhausted. So….that created a new claim, that allowed me to certify for the week of the 26th but says I’m monetarily ineligible, and now it won’t let me certify at all in the time since then . Do I just wait and let them sort it out, or do I need to file ANOTHER claim under some other category or something. I’m so confused. Thank you for yalls help

  42. Great info, thanks. My claim was marked ineligible Dec 26th but as of this morning it was redetermined and now has an end date of March 14th 2021. Only issue is, where it says weekly payment i have a balance of $0. They changed everything expect that part. Will that update as well or will I still need to do anything else even though they have already reset my account for the new program. I was and always have only collected the PUA. Self employed in florida, Jeff.
    Thanks for any additional info.

      1. I go on today and now its put me back in the regular unemployment which I dont get because im self employed but the end date on the claim still shows march of 2021. Now im lost and just have to wait and see what the next steps are. I would think they would have left us in the PUA program since they extended the claim date to end in March 2021. Very confusing when you dont know what to do and no guidance.

        1. Apparently you’ve gotten the 11-week extension; don’t worry about how they show it as long you’re getting it. Their systems are programmed to accomodate getting you paid in accordance with guidelines, who knows why they show it that way. Only they, as in IT, can say.

    1. Mine is saying the same thing Jeff, I am curious to know because I don’t want to reapply and pro-long my claim and future payments. It says my final payment was the week ending January 2nd even though it was previouisly supposed to end of DEC 26th but my balance still show I had one payment levft, I certified yesterday and now it saying I will get the 120 plus 300 stimulis but it also sys its my final payment but also its updated my year end from dec 26th 2020 to march 14, 2021

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