Frontline Worker Program draws more than 1 million applicants for ‘hero checks’

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A state program allowing Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency to receive Frontline Worker Pay, also known as “hero checks,” has received 1,199,512 submissions since the program was signed into law 12 weeks ago, officials said.

Gov. Tim Walz signed the Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29 to thank Minnesotans who worked in frontline sectors.

The application period closed at 5 p.m. Friday. All applications will be processed and verified before a 15-day appeal period begins for those whose application has been denied.

It is expected the appeal period will be Aug. 16 through Aug. 31.

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