Trade Adjustment Assistance 2011 (TAA)
(Certified Petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011)
Trade Adjustment Assistance 2011 (TAA) is a Federal program that provides assistance to adversely affected workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports or whose firms, service industries, or public agencies have been affected by, or are threatened to be affected by, shifts in production of articles or the supply of services to foreign countries. It also provides assistance to workers whose firm is a supplier or downstream producer to a firm that received a certification of eligibility.
Benefits available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (Trade Act of 2011) apply to Trade Act petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011. The Trade Act of 2011 became law on Oct. 21, 2011 and retroactively covered petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011. In accordance with this law, claimants who had already received certain Trade Act benefits and services under the previous Trade Act were offered a one time
election to continue receiving benefits under the Trade Act of 2002 or instead to begin receiving benefits under the new Trade Act of 2011. If you qualified for the election and chose to continue to receive benefits under the Trade Act of 2002 program, please refer to the Trade Act of 2002
TAA benefits include:
Reemployment services such as funded training, job search allowances, and relocation allowances
Weekly cash benefit payments known as Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
Federal tax credits to help cover health insurance costs for you and your family
Each benefit has distinct eligibility requirements and must be applied for separately. To receive these benefits, you must file your applications or take certain actions within certain time limits. For example, to be eligible for any TRA benefits under a petition filed on or after under the 2011 program, you must:
Be enrolled in a training program by the end of the 26th week after the petition certification is issued by the US Department of Labor; or
Be enrolled in a training program by the end of the 26th week after your most recent qualifying separation; or
Be issued a waiver of the training program enrollment requirement by a TAA representative effective on or before the 26th week deadline.
More information on TAA benefits is available in the pamphlet, UCP-11C, Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
. If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to apply for these benefits, please contact the UC service center at 1-888-313-7284 or visit your local Pennsylvania CareerLink® office.
Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) is a tax credit that covers a percentage of the premium amount paid by eligible individuals for qualified health insurance coverage. An eligible individual can receive the benefit on a monthly basis by opting for the advanced tax credit to help pay for insurance premiums as they are due. Alternatively, eligible individuals may wait until the end of the year to claim the tax credit.
How do I know if I am eligible for HCTC benefits?
HCTC benefits are potentially available to displaced workers certified to receive certain TAA benefits and for individuals receiving pension benefits from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Individuals who may be eligible to receive benefits are notified by their State Workforce Agency or the PBGC.
What are my HCTC responsibilities?
Upon notification from the HCTC Transaction Center, you can arrange for health premium payments by calling the HCTC Customer Contact Center toll free at 1-866-628-HCTC (4282). The Center will verify if you are eligible for the benefit, collect health plan information, and enroll you in the program. You may also call them for more information about the program.
Upon enrollment in the HCTC program, you will be instructed to send a portion of the health plan premium to the HCTC Transaction Center. The IRS will submit their portion which triggers the HCTC Transaction Center to pay out 100 percent of the premium to your health plan. In general, you can continue to receive the HCTC for as long as you are receiving benefits under TAA or PBGC.