From Ron Scherer, at Christian Science Monitor:
The extension means if an individual was about to exhaust their state benefits and about to exhaust a tier of emergency unemployment compensation, they are eligible to apply to move up to the next tier. However, if an individual is about to exhaust their final tier or extended benefits, this will not help them.
“This does not add more weeks of benefits, it just extends the deadline in which people can qualify for either Emergency Unemployment Compensation or extended benefits,” says Judy Conti of NELP in Washington.
The 30-day extension of the benefits will cost the federal government about $10 billion.
I was under the impression; from the hysterics, that this did, in fact, add more weeks of benefits. Good to have some clarification. Click here for details of the bill. Turns out doctors’ wages are sticky, after all.