The U.S. Labor Department has rustled up more taxpayer money to help “jobless workers” pay their health insurance premiums.
“It is difficult enough to find new employment, let alone do so without health insurance for you or your family,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a news release dated Dec. 26. “This funding will help eligible workers avoid that prospect by helping them pay for health insurance while they seek new jobs.”
The money — in the form of a $1,058,254 National Emergency Grant supplement — will go to several thousand unemployed people in Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia.
National Emergency Grants are part of the Labor Secretary’s discretionary fund. These grants provide assistance “in response to large, unexpected economic events which cause significant job losses.” Usually the grants are used to re-train laid-off workers.