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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DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices

January 13, 2010 2 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) just released updated COBRA Model Notices that reflect the COBRA subsidy extension that was part of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The new COBRA subsidy legislation extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and requires employers to provide notice to certain current and future COBRA beneficiaries that details the premium subsidy extension created by the new legislation.

The EBSA’s COBRA page now has several new model notices available, including: read more…

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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COBRA Bills Face Uncertain Future as Federal Subsidy Begins to Expire

November 30, 2009 7 COMMENTS

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

By Ashley Gillihan and Carolyn Smith

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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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