COLUMBUS –Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) announced yesterday 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.
“The opportunity to request a waiver for an overpayment is very important for our constituents and for all the citizens in Ohio who depend on their unemployment benefits. These overpayments have and continue to place an undue burden on these families,” said Rep. Ingram.
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.