On unemployment? What to include as income on your application

Whether you are applying for the first time or you already are covered through Maryland Health Connection, you may have new types of income to enter, including

  • Unemployment Income
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 unemployment bump
  • One-time federal recovery rebate or stimulus payment ($1,200 per adult and $500 per qualifying child)

Use this chart to help you figure out what to include on your application.

Type of Income Include in Current (Monthly) Income? Include in Projected Annual Income?
Unemployment extension up to 39 weeks of benefits Yes, regular unemployment should be reported in the month it is received. Yes, make your best guess about your yearly income, including how long you expect to receive unemployment benefits.
$600 FPUC bump No, do not include this amount in your current monthly income. Yes, add the $600 per week when estimating annual income. Someone who receives unemployment benefits from early April through July 31 will receive about $10,000 from this.
One-time recovery payment ($1,200 per adult and $500 per qualifying child) No, do not include this amount in current monthly income. No, do not include this amount in current yearly income.

Tips for entering income:

If you are applying or updating your income, you should enter your monthly income as it is right now, without the $600 in additional unemployment income. From there, enter your expected yearly income based on what you think you’ll make over the course of the year.

When entering your yearly income, consider how much you have earned so far this year, add any severance pay, plus unemployment (including the extra $600 per week), and include what might be earned if and when you return to work later this year.

We understand this is a guess. You will have the opportunity to change this if your income changes later. It’s important to update your income information as it changes, so it is as correct as possible.

If you are eligible for a qualifying health plan with an Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC) to lower the cost of coverage, you can adjust the amount you take by using the APTC slider after you choose a plan. It is a good idea to take the least amount of credit you can afford, because all tax credits received during the year will need to be reconciled when you file your tax return next year. Any unused credits can be claimed during tax filing.