In the aftermath of the Great Recession, this frightening scenario has hit close to home for many Maryland families. It was just a few years ago that our economy was brought to its knees and millions of workers found themselves out of a job and out of luck. The economic crisis was not only deep, it lasted far longer than anybody expected, and many people who yearned to work could not find jobs for years. Even now, the recovery is tentative and sluggish. Yet, while it may be hard to imagine, things could have been much worse. Since 2008, more than 24 million Americans have been able to rely on long-term unemployment insurance to stay on their feet until they found their next job and received their next paycheck.