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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is part of the federal response to unemployment caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The DUA program in Texas and other states, is administered through the state UI agency. The provisions of the program are similar to the regular Unemployment Insurance program but also apply to individuals who […]

New CMS Re-Review Option for WC MSAs Very Limited

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new re-review option in the updated WCMSA User Manual on July 10, 2017. The new option is very limited. See Section 12.4 and 12.4.3  beginning on page 12-12 and continuing for the following 22 pages ending on page 12-34. Limitations of New (Amended) Re-Review Option […]

President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Includes $13 billion UI tax Increase to pay for Required Paid Parental Leave

The President’s FY 2018 Budget was released today and contains a number of items that impact Unemployment Insurance, particularly the proposed required parental leave. The Budget summary document may be accessed at The budget document includes: Provide Paid Parental Leave. During his campaign, the President pledged to pro­vide paid family leave to help new parents. […]