Federal unemployment insurance benefits collapse

Unemployment Insurance

Legislative inaction could leave people without benefits Some 1.3 million people will lose their insurance benefits at the end of the month due to legislative inaction from the U.S. Congress. Federal lawmakers have declined to renew emergency funding that had been implemented for the federal unemployment insurance program. The benefits provided by this program have provided consumers throughout the country with some degree of financial stability as they look for employment. Unemployment insurance was augmented by emergency funds due to ongoing economic issues throughout the U.S. that made it nearly…

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Unemployment insurance wins extension in fiscal cliff deal

Unemployment Insurance extension

Legislators agree to extend federal unemployment insurance The new year has arrived and the federal government seems to have avoided crossing the much dreaded “fiscal cliff.” It has taken federal lawmakers several months to resolve the prospective problems presented by the fiscal cliff, many of which are associated with the enactment of the Budget Control Act of 2011, a legislation designed to address several economic issues by introducing new taxes and other measures. One of the issues of contention that kept a resolution from gaining approval before the arrival of…

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Federal unemployment insurance thrust into the limelight

President Obama health insurance Obamacare

Obama speaks out about federal unemployment insurance program In the U.S., a federal unemployment insurance program is set to expire at the end of this year. President Barack Obama this week warned federal lawmakers not to let this program expire or it could spell disaster for long-term jobless individuals. During a press conference held on Wednesday, Obama criticized the Plan B proposal on a number of fronts, one of which includes its refusal to address the unemployment issue. Plan B does not account for insurance woes The Plan B proposal…

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Unemployment insurance rates spike in Alaska, Governor balks at current law

The Alaskan Department of Labor has issued notifications to businesses throughout the state letting them know that they will be paying more for unemployment insurance next year. The new rates have yet to be reviewed by the state’s insurance regulators, but insurance companies claim that higher rates are necessary to ensure that the state’s unemployment trust fund remains solvent and that insurers themselves have to recover from high unemployment rates. Governor Sean Parnell argues that the rates are excessive, as the state’s trust fund holds more than $234 million and…

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