President, Congress Extend COBRA Subsidy Again

April 16, 2010 3 COMMENTS

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 4851) into law. The bill, which passed the U.S. Senate by a 59-38 vote and the U.S. House of Representatives by a 289-112 vote yesterday, extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The new legislation extends the subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between April 1, 2010, and May 31, 2010. Since the last COBRA subsidy extension period ended March 31, 2010, this extension applies retroactively. Congress is also considering legislation that would further extend the COBRA subsidy to the end of the year.

Senate Passes Another COBRA Subsidy Extension Bill

March 16, 2010 6 COMMENTS

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would further extend the federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213), which passed the Senate by a 62-36 vote, would extend the subsidy to individuals who were involuntarily terminated through December 31, 2010.

The new legislation is a follow-up to the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 4691), which President Barack Obama signed into law at the beginning of March. This previous legislation extended the federal COBRA subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between March 1, 2010, and March 31, 2010.

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COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation’s Effect on Employers

December 28, 2009 0 COMMENTS

Last week, President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The legislation extends:

  • the total allowable time an individual could receive the COBRA subsidy by six months (from nine to 15 months); and
  • the subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between January 1, 2010, and February 28, 2010.

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President Signs COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation into Law

December 22, 2009 19 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama signed legislation into law today that would extend the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The legislation was part of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R. 3326), a bill that appropriates funds for the Department of Defense. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 395-34 vote and the U.S. Senate by an 88-10 vote last week. The legislation extends: read more…

Senate Votes to Extend COBRA Subsidy

December 19, 2009 2 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

In an unusual Saturday morning session on Dec. 19, the U.S. Senate voted 88-10 to pass legislation that would extend the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

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House Passes COBRA Subsidy Extension and Expansion

December 16, 2009 31 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

By John Hickman and Ashley Gillihan

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Senators Introduce Another COBRA Subsidy Extension Bill

November 06, 2009 114 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) introduced the COBRA Subsidy Extension and Enhancement Act (S. 2730) this week in the U.S. Senate. The proposed bill would extend the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

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Our Best Benefits Bet: Congress Will Extend COBRA Subsidy

October 07, 2009 5 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

by Ashley Gillihan

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Stimulus Bill Brings COBRA, Other Issues for Employers

February 16, 2009 0 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 16: House Passes COBRA Subsidy Extension and Expansion

Even as President Barack Obama prepares for a trip to Denver Tuesday to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus package, many are still trying to sort out the bill, which Congress passed last Friday in dizzyingly rapid fashion.

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