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Florida will start paying $300 ‘lost wages’ unemployment benefits this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

The benefits are on top of the state’s benefits.

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians eligible for the additional $300 weekly benefits under the federal “lost wages” program should expect their money to arrive this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday.

Anyone who’s currently eligible will automatically receive their three weeks of benefits, at $300 each, according to a DeSantis administration news release. Floridians do not need to reapply for the benefits.

The additional benefits cover the weeks ending Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, the three weeks following the cancellation of Congress' $600 weekly federal pandemic benefits. The state has been authorized for three weeks of benefits, but more weeks could become available, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The $300 is on top of the state’s benefits, which top out at $275 per week. Anyone who receives at least $100 in benefits is eligible for the additional $300.

The additional benefits are coming from the federal “lost wages” program authorized by President Donald Trump that allows states to tap into a FEMA disaster relief fund to pay out additional unemployment benefits.

Eligible Floridians who are currently receiving unemployment will receive their “lost wages” benefits the same way they receive their weekly benefits, according to the governor’s news release. However, a paper check will be issued if the payment method selected is debit card. The Department of Economic Opportunity highly recommends that recipients select direct deposit as their means of receiving benefits to ensure payments are received as quickly as possible.

The department has additional information on the program here.

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