Rep. Daniel P. Troy (D-Willowick) announced today that Ohioans with unemployment overpayments through no fault of their own can now request a waiver that would absolve them of repaying these funds back to the state. Ohioans who have already repaid these overpayments but qualify for the waivers will have their money returned.
“While I’m pleased to announce that Ohioans with unemployment overpayments can now officially request a waiver to keep the money, I’m disappointed that it took the state this long to correct their mistake. Too many of my constituents were extremely stressed out and fearful of impending disruption of their family’s fiscal stability for far too long,” said Rep. Troy. “I’m hopeful that this late but needed improvement in this program will help Ohioans who need it the most begin to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic.”
ODJFS officials say that they have begun notifying individuals, by U.S. mail or electronically, who are potentially eligible and are providing them with detailed instructions for how to apply.
Notifications are being sent to claimants in the traditional unemployment program and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. If approved, all portions of overpayments could be waived, including the supplemental weekly $600 and $300 payments that were previously available as a result of federal stimulus legislation.