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Michigan officials applaud federal pandemic unemployment assistance waiver decision

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The federal government is expanding its criteria for who can get a waiver so they don’t have to give back overpayments. Julia Dale is the director of the state Unemployment Insurance Agency. She calls that change “incredibly important.”

Dale says before the rule change, the state’s options for granting waivers were limited.

“The criteria prior—the blanket criteria was limited in options. And this expanded criteria really opens up the universe as to how we can evaluate overpayment claims.”

Still, not everyone who received an overpayment may be eligible for a waiver.

Dale says it’s too soon to estimate timelines or how many people are affected.

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— Colin Jackson is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Colin Jackson is the Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.