Click on a program name for a description, links to more information, and, when available, an electronic application. Click on more information for more detailed program eligibility requirements such as asset limits.
Individuals unemployed due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, even if they would not normally be eligible. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
To file a claim, visit www.filectui.com, and click the link that says ‘For quicker payment of unemployment benefit, please follow these instructions.’ That link will provide information on filing a claim as a ‘Temporary Shutdown’ option and provide guidance on entering a return to work date.
For residents that have already filed a claim, it is very important they check their email (including junk and spam folders) daily for updated messages from CTDOL. Messages may include next steps or a request that claimants log back onto their claim since following these instructions will help speed up processing.
For a comprehensive guide to unemployment benefits, visit http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF.. Don’t have access to file a claim online? Can a family member, friend, or neighbor help? If not, the social services department at your city or town may be able to assist.
To find the contact information for social services in your town, click here, enter your zip code or town, and press search.
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Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC/EITC) : Federal Earned Income Tax Credit/Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. In order to qualify for the CT State Earned Income Tax Credit, filers must meet the criteria for the Federal EITC program and would then calculate 23% of the federal benefit for the Connecticut EITC benefit amount.Click for more information
SAGA provides cash to individuals without dependent children in Connecticut who do not have enough money to meet their basic needs and are deemed "unemployable."Click for more information
HUSKY D: Medicaid Coverage for the Lowest Income Population (Formerly Medicaid (LIA))
HUSKY D: Medicaid Coverage for the Lowest Income Population (Formerly Medicaid (LIA)) is a government health insurance program that provides medical insurance for very low income adults, ages 19-64, who do not have dependent children and who are not disabled.Click for more information
HUSKY C (Formerly Medicaid for the Aged, Blind & Disabled/Title 19)
HUSKY C (formerly Medicaid/Title 19) is a government health insurance program for people who are 65 years of age or older, blind or disabled, children, pregnant women and parentsClick for more information
Medicaid for the Employed Disabled
Connecticut residents who meet Social Security's definition of disability and are employed may be eligible for Medicaid even if their income and assets are higher than the usual income and asset restrictions for Medicaid.Click for more information
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people 65 years of age and older, and people with disabilities under the age of 65.Click for more information
The Medicare D Low Income Subsidy, also called "Extra Help", helps low income individuals pay for Medicare Part D premiums, deductibles and co-pays.Click for more information
Property Tax Credit and Rent Rebate
State law provides a property tax credit/rent rebate program for Connecticut homeowners and renters who are elderly or disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. The benefit is based on a graduated income scale.Click for more information
Social Security Disability - SSD
SSD pays a monthly benefit to individuals who are unable to work because of their disability. To be eligible, the individual must have worked enough to earn the proper number of "credits" and have paid Social Security taxes.Click for more information
Supplemental Security Income - SSI
SSI pays a monthly benefit amount to low income individuals who are elderly or disabled and who have not earned enough work credits to be eligible for Social Security Retirement or Social Security Disability.Click for more information
WIC provides specific foods and nutrition education to eligible pregnant women, postpartum women up to six months, breastfeeding women up to one year postpartum, and infants and children up to their fifth birthday.Click for more information
Utility Assistance - CEAP
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) provides financial assistance for payment of primary heat bills for households with qualifying incomes. The amount of assistance depends upon household income and family size, type of heat source, and whether heat is included in rent. CEAP has a renter's benefit for households whose heat is included in their rent.Click for more information
Temporary Family Assistance - TFA
Monthly cash benefit for indigent families with dependent children. Custodial relatives can receive a child-only TFA grant without regard to the custodial relative's income.Click for more information
Operation Fuel provides cash assistance for heating and non-heating expenses for households with incomes at or below 75% of the State Median Income guidelines who are in crisis. Local fuel banks assess client eligibility and make payments to vendors. Operation Fuel awards grants for the Winter, Spring and Summer seasons. The amount of assistance is up to the discretion of the local fuel bank.Click for more information
School Breakfast-School Lunch Program
Free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches are served in participating elementary and secondary schools to enrolled students whose family income does not exceed income limits.Click for more information
Healthy Start is an expanded Medicaid program that provides prenatal care and all other medical services for pregnant women whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. Note: There's no asset test. Also, take into consideration that a pregnant woman counts as a family of two for this program.Click for more information
Medicare Savings Programs - QMB - SLMB - ALMB
Medicare Savings Programs pay Medicare B premiums. QMB also pays for Medicare B deductibles and co-pays.Click for more information
Any questions? Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in the State of Connecticut. The call is free.