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Apply for Unemployment InsuranceThe Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program provides a temporary partial wage replacement to those Minnesota workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. This site also offers links to Work Search Resources and Financial Help and Community Services.

Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. It's easy, confidential and free!

MNSure LogoMNsure is the single best, uniquely Minnesotan place to find health insurance. The website gives you instant, easy access to coverage options. In addition, MNsure offers a comprehensive customer care team to help guide you through the process:

ApplyMN is a simple, secure Web application that connects you with state and county services to help meet your and your family's basic needs. You can use ApplyMN to apply for: breast and cervical cancer coverage, cash assistance, child care assistance, emergency help, family planning, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and health care.

The University of Minnesota Extension offers resources such as Getting Through Tough Times (a fact sheet series on getting help, making financial decisions with less, dealing with stress, talking to children about tough times, and more) for families who are experiencing, avoiding or recovering from tough times.  

This bookletAn Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under COBRA explains your rights under COBRA to a temporary extension of employer-provided group health coverage, called COBRA continuation coverage.



Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones -- a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Google Voice isn't a phone service, but it lets you manage all of your phones. Google Voice works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines.

Many organizations are available to assist individuals in getting the tools they need to budget, create savings, reduce debt and build a good credit rating. The agencies listed in the Financial Literacy Directory provide a variety of financial services.


Last updated Apr 27, 2017



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