DOL Sets COBRA Layoff Subsidy Appeals Process

Law360, New York (May 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has set up an appeals process for those who feel they have been improperly denied access to a federal subsidy for their health care coverage in the wake of a layoff.

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA, allows workers to continue employer-sponsored health coverage after leaving their jobs or being laid off for a specified period of time if they pay 100 percent of the premium plus an administrative fee, a charge that can be prohibitively...
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