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U.S. Department of Labor ends extended benefits

TOPEKA — The U.S. Department of Labor notified the state that Kansas has officially“triggered off” of the unemployment insurance Extended Benefits program, bringing the program to its end.

The federal agency’s announcement means that Kansans’ last payable week on the EB program will be the week ending Dec. 12. Additionally, the Kansas Department of Labor is prohibited from making any additional payments, regardless of any remaining balance of EB entitlement. Kansans who are no longer eligible for the EB program may be eligible to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if they qualify under all of the program’s federally mandated criteria.

In response to USDOL’s EB notification, KDOL will be reaching out to impacted claimants to inform them of the program’s suspension and to notify them that they are no longer eligible for payments. KDOL will also advise the impacted claimants that they may be eligible to receive benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Since March 15, KDOL has paid out more than 3.1 million weekly claims totaling over $2.3 billion between regular unemployment and the federal pandemic programs. For more information, or to apply for unemployment benefits, go to

Bluestem Communities welcomes fundraiser

Bluestem PACE of McPherson has welcomed Sheryl Dossett as a new fund advancement officer overseeing fundraising operations for the nonprofit senior care center.

Dossett comes to Bluestem with professional experiences and connections across a variety of industry within the McPherson community, including having worked in a local bank, for CPAs and as a paraeducator at USD 418.

She also comes with a first-hand understanding of the benefits of PACE.

“My dad was a participant in Bluestem PACE,” Dossett said. “From that time, I have had the desire to help in whatever way I could.”

Bluestem PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) of McPherson partners with individuals aged 55 and better and their caregivers so seniors can remain safe and independent in their homes for as long as possible. The program provides participants with a variety of services from primary care physicians to prescription drug services, all from one source. Participants can also spend time at the PACE Center, allowing their in-home caregivers some respite while receiving personal and medical care and enjoying social activities.

Much of Dossett’s role will be building relationships with businesses and individuals to the PACE Good Neighbor Fund. A ministry of Bluestem PACE, the fund assists participants who encounter unforeseen circumstances in everything from housing to medical needs, and assists the PACE program in providing high quality services to help seniors remain living in their homes.

“I hope to be a positive member of Fund Advancement by building relationships between businesses and individuals, sharing the mission of Bluestem PACE and the PACE Good Neighbor Fund,” Dossett said.