MN Officials Say Applicants Denied “Hero” Bonuses Have Until End of the Month to Appeal

State Officials say nearly 18% of applications for pandemic “hero” bonuses in Minnesota are facing denial.

That adds up to more than 214,000 of the nearly 1.2 million applications submitted by last month’s deadline.

Those who were denied should have been notified by email on Tuesday,  people have until the end of the month to appeal the denials.

The state set aside $500 million in frontline worker pay available to people in more than a dozen job fields, from healthcare workers to custodians.

The bonus checks will be equal in size once the pool of recipients is ultimately determined.  If everyone who applied was eligible, the checks would be around $400.

Nearly twice as many people applied for bonuses as Minnesota officials expected would qualify.