HCTC: Information for DOL Regional Coordinators, TAA Coordinators, and SWAs
As partners at the state level, Department of Labor (DOL) Regional Coordinators, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Coordinators, and State Workforce Agencies (SWA) play an essential role in increasing awareness of the HCTC. By helping ensure individuals are able to register for the monthly HCTC program and providing information to both your frontline teams and trade-affected individuals, our partners are crucial to the success of HCTC.
Read below to better understand how your agency interacts with the HCTC and to learn the answers to some “hot topic” questions we’ve received.
State Workforce Agencies (SWA)
SWAs administer the trade programs (TAA, ATAA & RTAA) on a state-level and determine individual benefit eligibility for people who have lost their job at a trade certified company. The trade benefits they administer include Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA), which is an income supplement for trade affected workers. These benefits include:
- Department of Workforce Security
- State Workforce Commissions
- Departments of Unemployment Benefits
- State Employment Offices
How You Help
- Transmit eligibility records
- Submit records to the HCTC program in a timely manner for individuals who are TAA/ATAA/RTAA recipients
- See the How to Transmit Eligibility page for more information.
- Communicate with frontline teams and/or trade affected individuals
- Reference the HCTC Latest News and Overview page to ensure your teams and the trade-affected individuals you work with are aware of upcoming events, where they should go for additional support and materials, and HCTC and legislative changes.
- Outline qualified health plan options.
- Inform individuals it may take up to 4 weeks to complete the registration process and for a health plan to receive the first monthly HCTC payment. There may be state-level assistance, called the NEG Bridge/Gap Filler Grant, available to help pay for their health plan premium costs until that time.
Department of Labor (DOL) Regional & Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Coordinators
DOL Regional and TAA Coordinators help keep the lines of communication open between the states and the HCTC Program.
How You Help
- Notify the HCTC Program of large company certifications in your state
- Inform frontline teams of upcoming events, and encourage them to attend training calls
- Distribute up-to-date program materials and provide guidance on where individuals can find additional support
Frequently Asked Questions
See a full list of answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to your work and involvement with the HCTC Program.
Learn more about NEG Bridge/Gap Filler Program which is available to help pay for individual's health plan premium while they are in the process of registering for the monthly HCTC.
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