By state Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord
Candidate for Governor
These are tough times for so many of our fellow Granite Staters, and it is so important that we look out for each other and remember that we are all in this together. There’s a lot of new information coming out and things are changing by the day. My team and I pulled together a few resources to help you navigate some of the challenges COVID-19 has presented:
Unemployment Insurance: If your place of employment has been closed, you are home taking care of a dependant, you’ve been required to self-quarantine, or your hours have been cut back due to COVID-19, you can apply for New Hampshire unemployment benefits. You can call the unemployment hotline at 603-271-7700 or visit https://nhes.nh.gov. Please note that due to the unprecedented volume of new claims, there are assigned claim windows based on the first letter of your last time. Please check the Employment Security website before calling to look at the daily schedule.
Small Businesses: While social distancing is critical to public health, it has serious economic impacts on many New Hampshire small businesses. There is a new portal set-up by the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs to help New Hampshire businesses navigate relief through the Small Business Administration. New Hampshire has received a disaster zone declaration allowing our small businesses to access federal resources including low-interest loans and other opportunities. The COVID-19 business resource page can be found here.
Health Insurance: The New Hampshire Department of Insurance issued guidance outlining health care coverage options and other information available for New Hampshire residents who have recently been laid off or lost their employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. HealthCare.gov has Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) for people who may have recently lost their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. You can find additional guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Insurance here. The Insurance Department is here to help, you can contact them with any questions at (603) 271?2261, or by email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or require additional resources on COVID-19, the 2-1-1- hotline can be reached 24/7. We’re all in this together.