COBRA Subsidy Under ARRA

Law360, New York (February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), P.L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115 (Feb. 17, 2009) provides qualified individuals with a 65 percent government subsidy for up to nine months of the premiums paid for health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).

The subsidy provides an incentive to elect COBRA coverage for involuntarily terminated employees and their qualified beneficiaries.

The new administrative requirements of the law and its substantive benefits will need to be understood by employers quickly, particularly...
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