Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Saturday that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration has approved Iowa’s application to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance program. The program provides eligible claimants who are receiving unemployment with additional benefits, starting the week ending Aug. 1. The additional weekly payments were authorized by President Donald Trump on Aug. 8 and are designed to provide support after the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program that ended in Iowa on July 25.  Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic and who are eligible for at least $100 in benefits per week will qualify for an additional $300 weekly benefits retroactive to the week ending Aug. 1. State officials did not say when the additional payments will begin. More information will be available about the Lost Wages Assistance program, eligibility requirements and application process as it becomes available at