Few Answers to Connecticut’s Pandemic Pay Problems

State Comptroller Natalie Braswell. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

The program applies to a wide range of essential workers.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Essential workers who caught COVID-19 on the job in Connecticut have so-far left millions in state compensation on the table as a $34 million assistance fund has gone virtually unused, according to the state comptroller.

Lawmakers created the Connecticut Essential Worker COVID-19 Assistance Fund to provide financial help to residents who incurred out-of-pocket medical expenses or lost pay as a result of contracting COVID while working critical jobs between March 10, 2020 and July 20, 2021. The program can also provide up to $3,000 to assist the families with funeral expenses for an eligible worker who died as a result of the virus.

However, as of this week, the comptroller’s office, which administers the $34 million fund, had paid out only around $300,000.

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