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Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You deserve it. State and federal officials are changing public benefits programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. KEJC and allies are keeping track. The information changes rapidly. We will update you as we learn more. See our starter kit below for tips on how to get food, health coverage, childcare and unemployment.

Best practices on how to stay safe and healthy? The Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Nonprofit Network have helpful web pages with updates and suggestions. And of course, there's the CDC. (That’s Centers for Disease Control.) You can also view a list of the Governor's executive actions to date.

Here’s the latest on food, health coverage, childcare and unemployment insurance.

How to Get Food

For SNAP and all public benefits:

· Go online to or

· Call the Department for Community Based Services: 1-855-306-8959

There’s more!

  • If you’re getting benefits now, you won’t lose them: Kentucky extended the certification period for benefits for three months from when they would have ended. The extension includes SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, K-TAP and more. We are trying to find out about WIC.

  • No Kid Hungry is giving out grants to school districts and community orgs to help during this time.

  • School meals: Kentucky got federal permission to run school nutrition programs and serve offsite meals while schools are closed. Find feeding sites.

  • Work requirements suspended: Work, job search and participation requirements are suspended for people adults without children who get SNAP.

  • They’ll take your word: DCBS staff have been instructed to accept people’s own statements as proof of income for SNAP, Medicaid and more until further notice.

How to Get and Keep Health Coverage

For Medicaid and all Kentucky public benefits:

· Go online to or

· For Medicaid only call 1-855-459-6328

There’s more!

  • Medicaid continuation: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act just passed into law by Congress and says no one who is currently on Medicaid can lose their benefits until the National Disaster Declaration has been ended. The state has made changes to Medicaid eligibility requirements so that anyone now unemployed can immediately apply for Medicaid.

  • Three-month extension: Medicaid is included in the 3-month certification period extension announced by Governor Beshear.

  • They’ll take your word: Just as with SNAP, staff have been instructed to accept your own statements as proof of income for Medicaid.

How to Get Child Care Payments

· Go online to or

· Call the Department for Community Based Services: 1-855-306-8959

There’s more!

  • Kentucky will pay your childcare provider: Kentucky is working to continue Child Care Assistance Program payments to day care centers for qualified families. Kentucky also will cover copayments usually paid by families.

  • Work and activity requirements suspended: Job search, work and participation requirements are suspended for adults receiving Child Care Assistance Program.

How to Get Unemployment Insurance

Laid off? Hours cut way back? Unemployment Insurance (UI) helps workers who lose jobs through no fault of their own.

We encourage you to apply:

· Go to the Kentucky Career Center at

· Kentucky Career Center: 502-875-0442

Make sure to apply on your day of the week (see below). The Office of Unemployment has seen a huge spike in cases.

There's more!

  • No more waiting week: Kentucky has eliminated the usual “waiting week” for benefits.

  • Job search suspended: Job search requirements for keeping UI have been suspended.

Weekly application schedule: To help handle all the applications, the Kentucky Career has set up a schedule by the first initial of your last name. The schedule is:

  • Sunday: A-D

  • Monday: E-H

  • Tuesday: I-L

  • Wednesday: M-P

  • Thursday: Q-U

  • Friday: V-Z and anyone else who missed their day

  • What you need to apply: Applicants will need to provide their name, social security number, birthday, email address, postal address and employment details.

  • What you get: Kentucky UI provides between $39 and $552 per week, depending on your earnings over the last few quarters. As of now, benefits will last for up to 26 weeks.

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