Kansas Unemployment Benefit Questions
Can anyone obtain information about my unemployment claim?
It is against the law for the agency to give information about your claim to anyone else, including your spouse, other family members or friends. Therefore, do not ask others to contact the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center for information you need. You may contact the Unemployment Contact Center by phone or by mail. Specify what information you need and be sure to include your Social Security number, name and address and phone number. If you ask for the information by mail, you must sign the request. Mail requests for information to:
Kansas Unemployment Contact Center,
P.O. Box 3539,
When will I be receive my benefits?
Payments are normally paid to debit accounts two business days following the filing and acceptance of your weekly claim. Payments will not always arrive on the same day each week. State or bank holidays or temporary holds pending agency investigations of outstanding issues may delay payments.
Note: You MUST continue to file your weekly claim while an investigation is in progress.
Will other income reduce my benefits?
Vacation, holiday and severance pay may reduce your unemployment benefits when paid under certain conditions. If you receive these types of payments while claiming unemployment benefits, you MUST report this information when you file your initial application or weekly claim for payment.
If you are receiving a pension which is based upon earnings from an employer who is in your base period, then your weekly benefit amount may be reduced.
Examples of pensions that may reduce your benefits include:
• Military retirement
• Union pension
• Private employer pension
• Federal civilian pension
• State, county or city pension
If you are receiving a pension and file online, a “Pension Statement” form will be displayed for you to complete. If filing by phone, you will be instructed to report the pension to a claims specialist. If your pension reduces your weekly benefit amount, you will receive a Notice of Determination to inform you of the reduced amount. Social Security benefits will not reduce your weekly benefit amount.
How Do I Get Paid?
Once you have filed your Kansas Unemployment Claim, you may be probably wondering how you get paid. You will need to log in to file for benefits through the Kansas Department of Labor website. Keep in mind that you must file a weekly claim for each week that you want to collect unemployment benefits.
If you let a week go by without filing a claim, your claim becomes inactive and you will have to refile it. Alternatively, if there is no activity at all on your benefits claim page for 14 days, your claim will also go inactive.
You have two options when it comes to collecting unemployment in Kansas: direct deposit or the Unemployment Benefit card issued by U.S. Bank.
Direct deposit requires you to have a bank account and provide the banking information on the online portal. For some, the direct deposit in their checking account is the most convenient way to get paid. Others prefer to receive their unemployment payments with a debit card. The debit card is funded by the Kansas Department of Labor, but it is not issued or managed by it.
This ReliaCard, issued by U.S. Bank, replaced the unemployment debit card that was being issued by Bank of America until 2001. If you are approved for benefits, your card will be mailed to your home address. You can use it anywhere you would be able to use a VISA or Mastercard, but keep in mind that it is not a credit card.
You can also use the ReliaCard to obtain cash at an ATM or from a bank teller. Keep in mind there is a $1,000 daily limit for withdrawing cash from the card. You should allow 2-3 business days for seeing the funds hit your account
How To Check the Status of Your Payment
To check your card balance, you can call the number on the back of the card or log in to your online banking account. There may be a short delay until your funds are available. For example, if you file a claim on Sunday or Monday, it might be Wednesday or Thursday before funds are issued to the debit card.
What Other Benefits Are Available To Kansas Residents?
There are other helpful benefits offered by the state and federal government for Kansas residents in need.
Kansas Disability Benefits
If you have an injury or illness that prevents you from participating in gainful employment, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and obtain monthly benefits up to $3,000. However, most Kansas disability benefits range from $800 to $1,800.
The ability to collect SSDI is not dependent on your current financial resources, but it is dependent on your previous work history, as eligibility comes from garnering enough work credits over the history of your working life. The amount of disability benefits you receive will reflect how much you’ve paid in FICA taxes, so amounts will vary per person.
If you are disabled, blind, pregnant, or have a dependent in your home who is a child or disabled, you can qualify for Kansas Medicaid, also referred to as KanCare.
You must also be able to qualify based on your household income. For instance, a family of three with a household income of $54,242 or lower will qualify. KanCare does not charge copays or out-of-pocket expenses. However, not all doctors take this insurance. For those medical providers that do, KanCare covers things like routine doctor’s visits, lab work, prescriptions, surgeries, transportation to appointments, and even some forms of nursing home care.
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