Podcast: What the New Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Told Us About Health

Podcast: What the New Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Told Us About Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge wave of disruption in the US economy, leading the unemployment rate to a record high of 14.7% in April 2020.

While unemployment has since improved – the unemployment rate in January 2021 was 6.3% – America has yet to reach the levels of employment it had before the pandemic.

In response to so many unemployed, the CARES (Aid, Relief and Economic Security) law against the coronavirus of March 2020 expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits. As part of this legislative package, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) increased the amount of money people could receive through such programs.

The FPUC first expired in July 2020, leading insurance beneficiaries to receive lower benefits.

Employment and work security is a known social determinant of health and the relationship between the sudden loss of a job and the loss of a…

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