Learn About Reporting Unemployment Income

Many people in Washington are experiencing significant disruption in their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of jobs and health coverage. You may have questions about entering income in Washington Healthplanfinder as your weekly benefits changes.

Keep your unemployment benefits up to date, to get the right amount of financial help. If you are eligible for premium tax credits and receive unemployment income for any week during 2021, you may be eligible for increased federal premium tax credits and lower out-of-pocket costs. With Washington Healthplanfinder at wahealthplanfinder.org or the mobile app WAPlanfinder, you can receive free help, apply or update your information for health coverage virtually. To get started sign in or create an account to report changes and make other updates.

Tips on reporting your unemployment income

There are new types of income created by the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the US Congress in March 2021.
More information on how to report these types of income is below.

How do I report these new incomes in Washington Healthplanfinder?

How unemployment income is typically reported:

While signing up for health coverage, you are asked whether you are receiving any unemployment income and to enter the unemployment benefit amount. Unemployment benefits are distributed weekly in Washington State. You must report unemployment benefits you are getting from other states.

 

How to view unemployment benefit amounts:

You can view your weekly unemployment benefit amount by:

  • Logging onto your SecureAccess account on the Employment Security Department (ESD) website
  • Click on Manage my active UI claim
  • The ‘summary’ tab will display your base weekly benefit amount.
  • The ‘Weeks Summary’ tab will display your base weekly benefit amount plus any additional benefits provided.
  • Note: Your benefits paid may be reduced due to part-time earnings, overpayment, or other reason. You should report the weekly benefit amount, which is the amount before any reduction is made.

 

 

Find the start date of your unemployment period 

To locate the Unemployment, start date or period you restarted your benefits:

  • Log in to your SecureAccess account on the Employment Security Department website.
  • Select the ‘Weeks summary’ tab.
  • Locate the date under ‘Week’. This maybe the start date or the date you first received a new benefit amount.

 

Find the weekly unemployment benefit amount  

To locate the Unemployment benefit amount:

  • Log in to your SecureAccess account on the Employment Security Department website.
  • Select the ‘Weeks summary’ tab.
  • Locate your weekly amount under ‘Weekly Benefit Amount’.

 

Find the end date of your current unemployment 

To locate the Unemployment end date:

  • Log in to your SecureAccess account on the Employment Security Department website.
  • Select the ‘Weeks summary’ tab.
  • Locate your end date under ‘Week’. The end date will be the last date you received the payment amount.

 

If your unemployment amount changes due to returning to work part-time, or due to some other change:

You will need to ‘end date’ the previous unemployment record and create a new unemployment record with the start date of your new State unemployment amount. Enter your unemployment amount received before any reductions.

To find the end date go to your ESD account, open the ‘Weeks summary’ tab, use the last date before you returned to work or received additional income.

More information regarding unemployment benefits is available on the Employment Security Department website at https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19