Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that the state’s Lost Wages Assistance Program is set to start Friday.


The program will give Kansans already receiving unemployment benefits an additional $300 per week.


"Short term, the Lost Wages Assistance program will help provide critical support to unemployed Kansans due to the coronavirus pandemic," the governor said in a statement. "I urge the Senate to pass legislation to extend federal benefits to those still in need."


The Kansas Department of Labor will begin accepting self-certifications and processing payments on Friday. To be eligible, one must prove his or her unemployment was due to disruptions caused by the virus.


However, all payments from the Lost Wages program will only be applied retroactively from the week ending Aug. 1 through the week ending Sep. 5. after federal funding ran out much sooner than expected.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the funds come from, have given Kansas a total of $116 million for the program.


Claimants can self-certify by logging into their account at www.getkansasbenefits.gov or by calling one of the unemployment contact center phone numbers listed on the website.


Since March, the state has paid out over 2.5 million weekly unemployment claims totaling over $2 billion, according to the governor’s office.