Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act


Important Update: As of September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including PUA, PEUC, EB, and FPUC, have expired, per federal law. For more information, visit


On March 27, 2020, a law was signed that provided additional Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19.

This law provided:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Extended eligibility to individuals who had traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors) until the benefit week ending 9/5/2021.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: Additional payments of $600 per week for benefit weeks ending 4/5/2020 to 7/26/2020 and $300 per week for the benefit weeks ending 1/3/2021 to 9/5/2021 while unemployed.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: An additional 53 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the 26 weeks already provided by New York State, until the benefit week ending 9/5/2021.


The Federal programs provided by the CARES Act have expired. 


NY State of Health
If you have lost your health insurance coverage or are uninsured, NY State of Health can help. You may be eligible for quality health insurance at little or no cost. Apply online, connect with an application assistor, or call 1-855-355-5777.


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Do you need help paying for food? SNAP benefits can help you put healthy food on the table. Please visit for more information and to apply.


WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Are you pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding or have children under 5 and need help with healthy foods, breastfeeding or health care referrals? Visit for more information and to apply.


Additional Assistance

New York’s myBenefits resource highlights available assistance provided by other state programs and services. At, New Yorkers can get more information and apply for Temporary Assistance, health insurance programs, services for older New Yorkers, and more.