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Kansans losing access to extended unemployment benefits

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) says Kansas has “triggered off” of the unemployment insurance Extended Benefits (EB) program.

The announcement means that the last payable week on the EB program for Kansans will be the week ending Dec. 12.

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) says it also means it is prohibited from making any additional payments, regardless of any remaining balance of EB entitlement.

KDOL says it will contact the claimants who were getting EB benefits to let them know they are no longer eligible for payments.

Kansans who are no longer eligible for the EB program may be eligible to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if they meet federally mandated criteria.

KDOL also sent out a warning on social media Monday advising people to beware of fraudulent text messages claiming to be from KDOL.

Officials say all KDOL communication will come from an official email address or phone number. Official KDOL websites will end in “.gov”.

If you do get a suspicious text claiming to be from the KDOL, do not click any links and delete it immediately.

KDOL says that since March 15, it has paid out more than 3.1 million weekly claims totaling more than $2.3 billion between regular unemployment and the federal pandemic programs.

For additional information or to apply for benefits, visit GetKansasBenefits.gov.

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