Is there an age limit to collect unemployment?

I’ve collected Unemployment several years ago, is that file still open or do I need to reapply? I became unemployed as of October, 2023, due to having two mastectomy surgeries, due to the fact that the first one on September 5th developed a serious bacterial infection. The second surgery was performed on September 19th due to the infection. My place of part time employment ended my employment due to the fact that that the company changed software and I was not responding to the emails. I wasn’t aware that they set up my new account and responded on the old account.
I do realize its been several months but had some complications since my release from the Hospital on Oct 3, 2023.

A) Unemployment and Age Limits

There is typically no age limit to collect unemployment benefits in the United States. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for unemployment regardless of your age.

Here are some resources to confirm for your state:

Reapplying for Unemployment

Yes, you will need to reapply for unemployment benefits. Even though you collected benefits previously, each unemployment claim is considered separate.

Your Situation

The good news is that your medical situation (mastectomy surgeries) might qualify as a valid reason for job separation, even with the software change at your workplace.

Here’s what to do next:

  • Contact your state’s unemployment office and explain your situation. They can advise you on the specific eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Be prepared to provide documentation for your medical situation, such as doctor’s notes or hospital discharge paperwork.
  • Explain the email communication issue with your former employer.

Regarding the delay: While there might be a time limit for filing claims in your state, your medical complications could be considered a reasonable explanation for the delay.

Additional Resources

  • National Cancer Institute: Provides resources for employment and financial assistance for cancer patients

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