• COBRA Subsidy Extended Again
  • March 23, 2010 | Authors: Kathleen O'Connor Adams; Gary D. Ammon; Mark M. Brown; Barbara A. Cronin; Mona Ghude
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  • The COBRA premium subsidy program was first enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to provide temporary COBRA and state law health continuation coverage premium assistance, for a period of up to nine months, for individuals who were involuntarily terminated from employment and became eligible for COBRA during the period from September 1, 2008, through December 31, 2009. Click here to view our February 20, 2009 alert, “Immediate Action Required to Implement COBRA Subsidy Provisions in Stimulus Plan.” The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 extended the maximum subsidy period from nine months to 15 months and the eligibility period through February 28, 2010. Click here to view our December 2009 alert, “COBRA Subsidy Extended.” Once again, Congress has extended and expanded the COBRA premium subsidy program under the “Temporary Extension Act of 2010” (Act).