COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES
We are continuing to work to serve the working families of Missouri. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected a lot of working families. Below is a list of specific resources that you may find helpful. We will update the resources regularly as more information becomes available.
General Informational Resources
Topics include, but are not limited to: Workplace Safety, Wages, Hours, and Leave, Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities, Support for Dislocated Workers and States, and General Resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Workplace Safety Resources
Hotlines to Report Unsafe Worksites
AGC of Missouri Hotline 314-781-2356 ext. 1050
Kansas City Construction Industry Hotline “Care for Construction Heroes” hotline to report unsafe worksites during the COVID-19 pandemic: 816-595-4164
Paid Leave - Federal Legislation, FAQs, and Resources
Resources for Dislocated Workers
Click here to be directed to the Missouri AFL-CIO’s Dislocated Worker page.
Missouri Department of Labor - labor.mo.gov/coronavirus
Items you will need to file an unemployment claim:
Social Security Number
Total earnings for the week
Name, address, and dates of past employment
Banking information, including routing and account numbers
To file for unemployment click here. You may also call for assistance. Regional Claims Center representatives are available by phone Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM or by email at email@example.com.
Regional Claims Center Contact Information:
Jefferson City 573-751-9040
Kansas City 816-889-3101
St. Louis 314-340-4950
Outside Local Calling Area 800-320-2519
Summary of important changes for unemployment claims (as outlined on the DOL website):
Waiting week waived - Under the authority of Missouri EO20-04, the Missouri Department of Labor is in the process of waiving any waiting week requirement for all unemployment claims filed as a result of the coronavirus.
Work search requirements - Moreover, the department has relaxed some work search requirements. If your job loss is as a result of the coronavirus situation, then you should check the box that says “COVID-19” when you file your unemployment application to waive the work search requirement during the health crisis.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) - The FPUC provides an additional $600 payment per week to those eligible for at least one dollar ($1) in regular unemployment benefits. The FPUC is 100% federally funded.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (FPUA) - FPUA is available for those who do not otherwise qualify for state unemployment benefits but who are out of work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Missouri Department of Labor website for specific updates as conditions change: labor.mo.gov/coronavirus.
Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (FPEUC) - Beginning April 26, 2020, this program will provide up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment to those that have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits.
Missouri Department of Social Services - dss.mo.gov/covid-19/
Summary of important changes for MO HealthNet participants (as outlined on the DSS website):
There will be no co-pays for COVID-19 testing for MO HealthNet participants
Consistent with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective immediately, the Department of Social Services will not terminate eligibility for any Medicaid participant unless the individual requests voluntary termination of eligibility or the individual ceases to be a resident of the state through the end of the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration.
MO HealthNet coverage will be extended to Missourians ages 19-64 who test positive for COVID-19 and meet the income and resource eligibility guidelines. Income is not to exceed 85% of the federal poverty level and the resource limits are $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples.
Summary of important resources for state Food Assistance Programs (as outlined on the DSS website):
Additional Health Insurance Resources
If you have lost your health insurance as the result of a layoff, there are resources available to protect access to adequate coverage.
COBRA coverage - Employers are required to offer dislocated workers and their families the opportunity to continue their job-based health insurance coverage, with the family responsible for paying the premium. COBRA coverage is very expensive, so remember, if you have a sick child or spouse you can consider just enrolling one person into the COBRA plan reducing your cost.
For more information about COBRA, visit dol.gov/general/topic/health-plans/cobra.
Other group health coverage - If group coverage is available (for example, through a spouse’s employment-based plan), special enrollment in that plan should be considered. It allows the individual and his/her family an opportunity to enroll in a plan for which they are otherwise eligible, regardless of open enrollment periods. To qualify, enrollment must be requested within 30 days of losing eligibility for other coverage. After special enrollment is requested, coverage must be effective no later than the first day of the month following your request for enrollment.
Subsidized coverage - A good starting point is to visit HealthCare.gov to learn more about comprehensive health coverage that may be available to you.
Medicaid - To find out whether you qualify for Medicaid, visit myDSS.mo.gov or call 1-855-FSD-INFO (1-855-373-4636) to speak with a customer service representative.
United Way - unitedway.org/recovery/covid19/faq
For a referral to community social service resources, call 2-1-1 and you will be connected to a trained resource specialist 24/7. You can also visit 211.org for more information.
United Ways of Missouri - unitedway.org/local/united-states/missouri
United Way of the Ozarks - uwozarks.org/
Heart of Missouri United Way (Boone County) - uwheartmo.org/
United Way of Central Missouri - unitedwaycemo.org/
United Way of Greater Kansas City - unitedwaygkc.org/
United Way of Greater St. Louis - helpingpeople.org/
NOTE: WARN Notices are only required for certain layoffs - the link should not be viewed as a comprehensive account of all layoffs in the state of Missouri.\