My office can assist you if there are issues with your claim. All we need is your:
- Claim ID#
- Phone Number
- A detailed description of your case and the issue you're experiencing
Please contact us at 517-373-1786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding eligibility for unemployment benefits
Many self-employed residents have asked me specific questions about their eligibility for unemployment benefits. Working with Rep. Elissa Slotkin's office, I was able to put together this Question and Answer resource:
If a self-employed person has not paid payroll taxes on themselves, are they eligible?
If a self-employed person pays themselves via an owner drawdown, versus a salary, are they eligible?
If a self-employed person has lost income, but still has some income from their business, are they eligible?
How do they determine what date are they deemed unemployed?
The date they became unemployed is the date they stopped being able to engage in their business activity due to one of the COVID related reasons.
Would a business that does not have any W-2 employees qualify? Meaning, would the owners themselves qualify if they pay themselves pass through income rather than a salary our hourly wage?
If you have additional
questions, please contact Dan Opsommer with my office at email@example.com.
Paycheck Protection Program for businesses and nonprofits
The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the federal CARES Act to help businesses and nonprofits with financial assistance to meet payroll.
What it would fund?
It would provide 2.5 months of payroll, based on
the average total monthly payroll costs from the one-year period prior to the date of application.
Is this loan is forgivable?
Yes, employers that maintain employment for the 8 weeks after origination of loan, or rehire employees by June 30, will have loans forgiven in whole or part, essentially turning the loan into a grant. This forgiveness program is in Section 1106 of the CARES Act.
What do I do if I haven't received my stimulus check?
If you have not received you stimulus check, please contact one of these offices and they will be able to assist you:
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s Office: 517-203-1760
- Sen. Gary Peters’ Office: 517-377-1508
- Rep. Elissa Slotkin‘s Office: 517-993-0510
IMPORTANT: What to do if you believe you have contracted COVID-19?
If you are concerned that you may have contracted COVID-19 you should call your healthcare provider first.
Please start with a call, do not go directly to the doctor's office.
If you do not have a healthcare provider, call your local urgent care.
The Michigan Medicaid Program and most insurers will not charge any out of pocket costs for testing.
Please contact my office if you are having issues with a medical bill by calling us at 517-373-1786 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions about COVID-19? Ask a Michigan Physician who has volunteered to help.
Dr. Chiou attended Harvard University. After graduating from medical school, both he and his wife began their residency in Family Medicine at Sparrow Hospital. In 2013, a year before graduating residency, Dr. Chiou was diagnosed with a congenital, benign brain tumor.
Dr. Chiou then stopped his residency and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. While the tumor and its removal left him debilitated, Dr. Chiou was able to return to residency and complete his medical degree. Dr. Chiou now focuses on raising his two sons and helping the community as a non practicing, but licensed physician.
Volunteer Opportunities Across Michigan
Residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.
Increased, Expanded Food Assistance Benefits
Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in March and April to bring all current SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for that group size.
Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by TODAY.
Below is the maximum allowable benefit for SNAP customers based on their respective household size:
- One person: $194
- Two persons: $355
- Three persons: $509
- Four persons: $646
- Five persons: $768
- Six persons: $921
- Seven persons: $1,018
- Eight persons: $1,164
Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive these additional benefits.
Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.
MDHHS also received approval from the USDA to temporarily suspend federal work requirements affecting close to 27,000 able-bodied adults without dependents to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19.
No action is needed for eligible adults to be temporarily exempt from the requirements. About 143,000 additional able-bodied adults are already exempt from the requirement.
Effective Tuesday, April 1, the three-month time limit for failing to meet work requirements will be lifted for able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49, who have no minor-age children, and are able to work but are not working 80 hours a month. Without the waiver due to COVID-19, they could only receive food assistance benefits for up to three months within a 36-month period without meeting work requirements.
The suspension of the time limit will continue through the end of the month following the month in which the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration is lifted by the secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services. MDHHS will provide updates when it receives notice of additional changes to the work requirements.
Student Loan Payment Assistance
The federal CARES Act will automatically suspend payments on all federally-owned student loans until September 30. No interest will accrue on these loans during this suspension.
While it may be difficult to contact student loan services right now due to the current surge in activity, borrowers should check their accounts online in the coming weeks to better understand their eligibility.
REMINDER: Federal, state and city income tax filing deadline extended to July 15
The federal and state income tax deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
Cities in Michigan with income taxes due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.
Cities in Michigan
with income taxes due on April 30 will now be due on July 31.
Blood Donors Needed to Prevent Shortage
As the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues to urge residents to practice social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19, officials are calling on healthy residents to continue blood donations to help the state avoid a life-threatening blood shortage.
Individuals who are healthy and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App on mobile phones,
or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Since March 18, nearly 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to COVID-19 concerns, resulting in more than 150,000 fewer blood donations. In the Michigan Region, over 200 drives, representing more than 6,000 units, have been cancelled.
This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.
The Red Cross has taken the following mitigation measures to help keep blood recipients, staff and donors safe:
- The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation – and who meet other eligibility requirements, available at RedCrossBlood.org.
- All individuals will be prescreened by checking their temperature before they enter any Red Cross blood drive or donation center, including staff and volunteers.
- At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.
- The average blood drives are only 20-30 people rather than large gatherings. Additional spacing has been implemented within each blood drive set up to incorporate social distancing measures between donation beds and stations within the blood drive.
Evictions Have Been Suspended
Gov. Whitmer has extended the executive order allowing tenants and mobile home owners to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent.
Connecting Families with Free Meals
CATA Emergency Transportation Service
Service will continue to operate fare-free.
CATA operators and riders will be required to wear a face mask or face covering.
New measures also include signage inside buses to ensure that riders observe the prescribed social distance of 6 feet. Riders will not be permitted to stand in bus aisles.
Assistance for Seniors
They can help connect seniors with Meals on Wheels and other services.
Water Shut-off and Billing Issues
Last month Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order requiring the reconnection of service to residences that have had their water shut off.
The BWL, East Lansing and Meridian Township had all suspended water shut-offs at the very beginning of the pandemic.
If you are on a public water system and need your service restored, contact your local government. If you won't be able to make a payment, please contact them ASAP to work on establishing a payment plan.
Gas and Electric Shut-off and Billing Issues
Consumers and DTE Energy have stopped shut-offs for senior citizens and low-income eligible households. The BWL has suspended all electric and water shut-offs.
If you won't be able make a payment, contact them ASAP and they will help you establish a payment plan. You can contact my office if you are having any difficulty in establish a payment plan.
Consumers Energy: 800-477-5050
DTE Energy: 800-477-4747
Gov. Whitmer Issues Tax Foreclosure Extension
If your property is in tax foreclosure, the Governor has extended the deadline to reclaim your property until May 29 or until 30 days after the lifting of the State of Emergency.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is working to address price-gougers.
You can submit a complaint to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team by calling 877-765-8388
or by visiting their website by clicking here.
The phone lines are usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
I had the honor of working to staff the complaint hotline to help address the high call volume and continue volunteering with various call centers.
Under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, a business found to be price-gouging could face legal action, and be required to pay damages to consumers and civil penalties of up to $25,000 for knowing and persistent violations – if the store fails to comply with the Attorney General’s cease and desist order.
Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-08
makes specified price-gouging behaviors criminal misdemeanors, which can be prosecuted on top of civil action under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.
Again, my office is here to help during these difficult times, you can call us at 517-373-1786 or send me an email at email@example.com.
Thank you for making major adjustments to help protect our families, friends and communities from the spread of COVID-19 during this very difficult time.