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New Holcomb order: faster unemployment benefits, other changes to cope with COVID-19

Gov. Eric Holcomb (AP photo)

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday signed a new executive order in a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The order includes:

• The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended the one-week waiting period that is required before paying unemployment benefits to allow claimants to receive their checks more quickly. The suspension is retroactive to March 8, 2020.

• Hoosiers with chronic health issues will be able to receive a 90-day supply of their non-controlled prescription medication, such as insulin or cholesterol medications.

• Medicaid recipients can use their benefits to cover costs of using alternate forms of transportation, such as ride-sharing services, for appointments to see their healthcare providers.

• The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has additional funding flexibility to allow for additional home delivery of meals.

• The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has extended deadlines related to local government finances.

The order can be found at https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

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