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Important Notice: The Kansas Department of Labor is now accepting applications and weekly claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at www.pua.getkansasbenefits.gov.  PUA is being rolled out in phases with the next phase being payment of the PUA benefits, which is slated to begin by May 25, 2020.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $600 weekly payment for unemployment insurance claimants, went live starting Thursday, April 23.  The retroactive payments for prior weeks after the law went into effect on March 29, 2020, began paying out on May 7, 2020.

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KDOL begins accepting PUA applications online at www.PUA.GetKansasBenefits.gov

by Audri Smith | May 12, 2020

Kansas Secretary of Labor Delía García confirmed that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) began accepting applications this morning. PUA is part of the CARES Act and runs from Jan. 27, 2020, through Dec. 26, 2020. If approved for PUA, you will also receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) additional $600 weekly payments. FPUC runs from March 29 through July 25, 2020, when you receive weekly unemployment benefits

Apply online at https://pua.getkansasbenefits.gov/.

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  1. Dave | May 26, 2020
    This tangled mess would have never happened if Kris Koback was gov of Kansas!
  2. Anne | May 26, 2020
    I am in Pennsylvania and I successfully was approved for PUA benefits. I did my first filing on May 10th and everything went fine. Got my money two days later. Now, when I went to file the next bi weekly claim (Sunday) the login site said that i had a claim but it was inactive and they wanted me to refile which I am very hesitant to do because of all the mismanagement. The L&I website says to not refile and just try and log in daily until the site takes my login and lets my file. At this point I can't file at all. Anyone else experiencing this dilemma. Let me repeat that I was already receiving benefits when I went to In active status. Thank you.
  3. SR | May 26, 2020

    This is frustrating! I applied on May 12. Struggled like everyone else with the no status updates last week, then it moved to "in review" status and said payments would begin May 25 (on a holiday). Status is still the same. I called 54 times and finally got through this morning, sat on hold for an hour and 20 minutes and was told they don't have an update for anyone. This is craziness! You have put us in this situation and promise to help the people of Kansas and then you just leave us with no information. Such a disgrace. 

    We need answers! We need help!

  4. Daniel O. | May 26, 2020
    ive been laid off since March 20th and was quickly denied unemployment, then i get a push email from state of kansas to apply for pua.  I did apply it sat inactive for quite some time, and now has just changed to under review.   I dont get how we are supposed to pay our bills when we are forced into this situation!   Im gonna lose alot more than my mind if they dont kick it in gear and get this problem situated. 
  5. Patty | May 26, 2020
    ive been furloughed since the end of march. Applied for PUA on the first day it was available now my claim has said under review for a week.So much for payment going out today 5/26/20.Kansas has handled unemployment very poorlyits nothing but one excuse after another. I just want someone to tell me if i am elgible. Can someone @ kdol step up and tell me. 
  6. Concerned | May 26, 2020

     

    One lie after the other........................................................

     

    "Important Notice: The Kansas Department of Labor is now accepting applications and weekly claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at www.pua.getkansasbenefits.gov.  PUA is being rolled out in phases with the next phase being payment of the PUA benefits, which is slated to begin by May 25, 2020."

  7. AL | May 25, 2020

    Really they wonder why people make fun of Kansas...  I am homeless and jobless trying to pay hotel bills. Really would like to know if i am getting the money so i can come up witha pkan

  8. Wes | May 25, 2020
    My claims went from under review to denied. I am self employeed, so is the "denied" for the state unemployment - which I know I do not qualify for - or for the PUA, which I should qualify for???? Is there anyway to know. This is so frustrating. Really, Kansas... Its been MONTHS!
  9. Jason Letroy Dupree | May 25, 2020
    ive been waiting since February to get my unemployment now its almost june even if i could get one payment i could fix my car and go back 2 work 
  10. John Clayton | May 25, 2020

    I have never been more mad in my life.  Too bad this is the government and you can't leave a bad review and expect anyone to care.  Why on earth would this state have so much trouble??? Just tell us why!?!? We could understand I promise!  You can't hire one person to reply to these comments? It's not like there are hundreds a day! I only see a couple per day.  This State has let me down.

    STOP TELLING US WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO TELL US WHEN THAT MAY HAPPEN ON A CERTAIN DATE AT SOME TIME MAYBE AND THIS DATE IS ONLY CIRCUMSTANTIAL AND ON AND ON AND ON..  Just tell us the date.  Even if it is in 2025... We are trying to stretch what little money we have between food and not being homeless and not getting charged huge APRs.  The dates are the most important part and for months we have been jacked around.

    This is my email johnchaseclayton@gmail.com

    I would love to have someone else in the comments to rant with if you want to email me.  I see everyone else is having the same problem.  I'm not mad at the worker reading this (haha like that's even happening) -I know that you are probably working super hard with what you can.  But who do I contact!?  I know none of the workers for the department will reply.  Feel free to prove me wrong though.  We need an explanation.  You can't have the SAME BANNER on your website for weeks.  I know people's pets that update their Facebook page more than this sad excuse for a government.

    Last minute you add on another banner saying you will be closed memorial day?!? No one noticed this!?!? Why didn't the payments go out last week? or say the 26th? or send it out like every other state!? Last Friday would have been good...

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????

  11. Shells | May 25, 2020
    same here. Im so frustrated. They need to have missouri teach them how to run their business. This is unacceptable for the state of kansas. Shameful. 
  12. Average Joe | May 24, 2020
    WE were told for weeks PUA payouts would be starting on May 25.  Now they have noticed it's Memorial Day.  Geez, these people are morons.
  13. CLAIM STATUS UNDER REVIEW | May 24, 2020
    CLAIM STATUS UNDER REVIEW
  14. Concerned | May 23, 2020
    still under review? How long does that take? So much for the 5/25 payout for PUA. This is embarrassing State of Kansas.
  15. kansasblows | May 22, 2020
    This whole process has been the biggest joke I've ever witnessed. Why can't Kansas get their sh** together? I have family in MO and they haven't had any of these issues. The fact that there is no one to talk to and none of the phone lines were is ridiculous. 
  16. Gat | May 21, 2020
    CLAIM UNDER REVIEW, At least its moving now
  17. Joel | May 20, 2020
    For those concerned about the 'Inactive' message they receive when checking claim status, the DOL issued a facebook post where they explained that practically everyone applying for PUA benefits will initially see that message and to continue filing your weekly PUA claims. I saw that message for roughly a week and as of today my status has been updated to 'Under Review'. I would advise just being patient and not attempting to file multiple applications. Simply file the weekly claims you believe you are entitled to and wait for them to move through the system. 
  18. Eric | May 20, 2020
    I wrote below about the "You do not have an active claim record" message.  Mine has now been updated to "CLAIM STATUS UNDER REVIEW." Looks like they're moving at least.
  19. Kathleen A Grapper | May 19, 2020
    I guess the self employed don't matter to Kansas! Are they making it so difficult because the want self employed to just give up? No answers. No news. Very frustrating process!
  20. Jess | May 19, 2020
    Do I need to apply for PUA if I am already getting UI benefits? Why do I need to apply? Are my benefits going to be ceased if I dont apply? Why cant you provide a comprehensive faq ??
  21. Mike | May 19, 2020
    seems everyone has the same question and situation think they would have answered at leats once or added to the faq since it seems to be
  22. Dylan levitt | May 19, 2020
    you all suck
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  24. KJ | May 18, 2020
    Has anyone heard of their PUA status? No way to check on. Is their system down? I applied May 12, and got confirmation of accepted, but have heard nothing. Any ideas?
  25. K | May 18, 2020
    what is goingvon with claim status o PUA
  26. GoingInCircles | May 18, 2020
    Another person with the same issues. "You need to file an initial claim..." but I have 2 denial letters. "You don't have an active claim record..." UE "you do not qualify for benefits" Please help. Cannot move forward.
  27. Xuyen Nguyen | May 18, 2020

    Hi,

    I did apply for PUA in May 12 and it went through and I did all the weekly claim up to current but when I check on the claim status, it said Inactive. I called in many times but no luck. Please help!

    kim

  28. Warren | May 17, 2020

    my status is the same thing “inactive” and then wwhen I go to reapply it says I already have an active claim. however, I am still ABLE to file weekly claim for benefits. Also, when i applied for PUA benefits my claim was “approved”. Im very confused as well can someone please chime in here? 

  29. Thomas Taylor | May 17, 2020
    Mine says the same thing 'inactive'' whats going on they. Say 2000 people havent still git there backpay..im really confused here! 
  30. Eric | May 16, 2020

    Same.

    "You have already filed an initial claim"

    But when I check the status,

    "You do not have an active claim record. If you do not have an active claim, you cannot file a weekly claim until you have filed an unemployment insurance application to start a claim or reopen an existing claim.Please wait one business day after filing your claim before checking the status of it."

    Seems intuitive that PUA claims are inactive until they are reviewed and approved.  Since the whole thing is new, it seems like it's not going as fast as the "one business day."

  31. Michelle | May 16, 2020
    I have the same issue. My claim status says "Inactive" but when I went to reapply it says I have an active claim. I am so confused over this and very frustrated. I understand that KDOL is overwhelmed, but so are us citizens waiting for our PUA. Can anyone give some guidance on how to find out what is going on because I can not get through on the phone lines. Thank You. God Bless 
  32. Robert | May 15, 2020
    my wife has the same problem. Why. cant we get an answer. Trying to call   the kdol phone number is a joke. 
  33. Toni Leduc | May 15, 2020
    I applied for the PUA benifits on May 12, 2020. 
    Since then, my Claim status says “Inactive”. 
    What does this mean? How do i know if my claim and information/documents were sucessfully completed on my application? Also, is there a contact number to reach a Live agent at? 

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