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Employer"s compliance guide to the stimulus plan"s COBRA subsidy provisions

Paul J. Routh

Employer"s compliance guide to the stimulus plan"s COBRA subsidy provisions

2009

by Paul J. Routh

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Published by West in [Eagan, MN?] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • United States,
  • United States,
  • Health insurance continuation coverage -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Health insurance -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Economic stabilization -- Law and legislation -- United States

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Paul J. Routh.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsKF3515.3 .R68 2009
    The Physical Object
    Paginationiii, 145 p. :
    Number of Pages145
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23957496M
    LC Control Number2009497555

    COBRA INSURANCE COVERAGE SINCE THE RECOVERY ACT: RESULTS FROM NEW SURVEY DATA Introduction COBRA continuation coverage allows workers who have separated from their job to continue their employer-sponsored health insurance for up to 18 or 36 months, depending on the reason for the separation. President Obama has authorized a third COBRA subsidy extension, by signing the Continuing Extension Act of The Act retroactively extends the eligibility deadline for the COBRA subsidy from Ma to Update: On Decem , a new law restored emergency and extended unemployment benefits through , but it did not .   The Recovery and Reinvestment Act was recently signed into law by President Obama and temporarily modifies aspects of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). Its most important feature is a 65% subsidy for up to nine months for the cost of COBRA benefits in respect of employees who lose healthcare coverage . Employers that administer COBRA benefits will receive a credit against payroll taxes for the cost of the subsidy. COBRA notices must include information on the availability of premium assistance. Model notices from the Department of Labor (DOL) will be available by April 1,

    What the Obama Stimulus Plan Means for Employers: COBRA, Benefits, and More Known as the "Stimulus Bill," the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on Febru The $ billion stimulus package will have a far-reaching affect on the country's economy -- and for every American employer.


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Employer"s compliance guide to the stimulus plan"s COBRA subsidy provisions by Paul J. Routh Download PDF EPUB FB2

Get this from a library. Employer's compliance guide to the stimulus plan's COBRA subsidy provisions: [Paul J Routh]. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (ARRA), commonly called the stimulus package, includes a subsidy for those employees terminated between September 1,and Decemto continue health coverage for themselves and their family, in connection with COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of ).

COBRA Stimulus. Historical. See this page for current information. California Cal-COBRA 36 months total coverage. If you lost your job involuntarily between 9/1/ and you might be able to get a 65% credit on your COBRA premium under the Stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

ARRA CAL COBRA Qualifies too DOL Blue Cross Summary. Then you are not eligible for COBRA or the subsidiary. Unfortunately the law does not define “involuntarily terminated.” If you want to get the subsidy you need to properly document the termination.

Employers are allowed to add a 2% administrative premium on COBRA coverage. The subsidy is 65% of the health care insurance costs. COBRA Subsidy Provisions of Economic Stimulus Law Enacted on Febru What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (Act), signed into law on Tuesday, Feb.

17,extends and expands COBRA rights for employees who have lost coverage under employer-sponsored. As previously discussed, the stimulus provisions regarding changes to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) are complex and confusing.

Below, we address some common misconceptions about these provisions. Misconception 1: The notices about the COBRA subsidy need to be distributed only to those employees who are involuntarily terminated. COBRA Changes: Answers for Employers Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ofcertain individuals who are eligible for COBRA continuation health coverage, or similar coverage under State law, may receive a subsidy for 65 percent of the premium.

These individuals are required to pay only 35 percent of the premium. The subsidy requirements apply to all plans subject to COBRA regulations, even if the employer’s group health plan is self-insured. In the case of self-insured plans, the individual pays the employer 35% of the premium, and the employer’s 65% of the premium is treated as the employer’s payment of payroll taxes.

been focused on the COBRA subsidy provisions, there are several other employment-related provisions in the bill including business tax credits, expanded unemployment benefits, executive compensation limitations, and new restrictions on H-1B visas that employers need to be aware of and plan for.

Beyond COBRA: What Does the Stimulus Package Have. COBRA Subsidy Provisions Included in the Stimulus Act: What Plan Sponsors and Administrators Need to Do NOW Late last week, the House and the Senate passed the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (the “Act”).

President Obama signed the Act into law on February 17th (the “Enactment Date”). As most employers are now aware, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (“Act”) amended the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Employers compliance guide to the stimulus plans COBRA subsidy provisions book Act of (“COBRA”) to, among other things, provide a premium subsidy for certain individuals who lose health coverage in connection with an involuntary termination of employment.

The Act has affected every. But, as the rules stand now, employers must notify qualified unemployed workers of their day extended eligibility for the stimulus COBRA subsidy by Ap The current rules also phase out the stimulus COBRA subsidy for workers with an adjusted gross income of between $, ($, if married filing jointly) and $,   Because the stimulus plan was adopted so quickly in Congress, it has been difficult to learn and understand the details.

Here’s an outline of some of the major provisions of the stimulus package that relate to the COBRA subsidy. Free White Paper from : What the Stimulus Plan Means for Employers: COBRA, Benefits, and More.

Employers Concerned Over 'Troublesome' Provision in COBRA Tax Credit Proposal Under Trade Assistance Bill Summary: Although it is more "tolerable" than an outright COBRA subsidy, employer groups are concerned over some "troublesome" provisions in a tax-credit proposal for COBRA coverage and other health insurance in Senate-approved trade.

It provides a number of health-related provisions, including a COBRA premium subsidy for employees who are involuntarily terminated between September 1,and Decem The Subsidy is intended to assist eligible individuals to keep their health care coverage by reducing their COBRA premium payments.

Employers subject to COBRA and small. Roadmap for Compliance with COBRA Subsidy Provisions Included in the Stimulus Act February For additional information, please contact your Account Manager or Tony Sorrentino at [email protected] On Febru (the Enactment Date), President Obama signed into law the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (the “Act”).

Compliance Alert: COBRA Provisions Likely to Be Enacted as Part of Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The House Rules Committee will consider the COBRA subsidy expansion as part of the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R.

– Department of Defense Appropriations Act,   Employers or their group health plans must offer an additional COBRA election to employees: who became an assistance eligible individual on or after September 1, and who would be eligible for the reduced COBRA premium if he or she had elected and kept COBRA coverage as of the date of the enactment, Febru Employers need to be aware of the obligations imposed on them by the recently enacted “Economic Stimulus” law.

The new law provides a 65% subsidy of the cost of health insurance premiums for up to nine months to help most employees who involuntarily lost or will lose their jobs between September 1, and Decem The subsidy applies to COBRA.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has passed both the House and Senate and awaits the President’s signature.

The substance of the Act as it relates to COBRA continuation subsidies is as follows. COBRA Subsidy: Eligible Employees who are involuntarily separated from employment can receive a 65% subsidy toward COBRA premiums for up to 9 months. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of (or COBRA) is a law passed by the U.S.

Congress on a reconciliation basis and signed by President Ronald Reagan that, among other things, mandates an insurance program give some employees the ability to continue health insurance coverage after leaving employment.

COBRA includes amendments to the Employee. New Notice Requirements for Employers ARRA requires that employers' COBRA notices include information about the availability of the premium subsidy and the option (if offered) to enroll in a lower cost plan.

While there is not yet a "model notice" for employers to follow, the Department of Labor is due to issue one within the next thirty (30) days. Update Dec. 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 ofbetter known as the stimulus package, many are still trying to sort out the bill, which Congress passed last Friday in dizzyingly rapid fashion.

Additional Provisions. Employers who are not subject to COBRA may still be subject to these new rules. The Act applies to state mini-COBRA laws which require health care continuation.

A person other than the eligible employee may pay the 35% portion of the premium. However, the individual is not eligible for the subsidy if the employer pays.

On Febru President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of ("ARRA") into law. This stimulus package provides significant health care continuation coverage relief for lower-and moderate-income employees who are involuntarily terminated between September 1, and Decem Employers, who are subject to various notice and reporting requirements, may receive an income tax credit to offset the subsidy.

This alert highlights key elements of the legislation related to this broad expansion of COBRA coverage. Amount of Subsidy: The COBRA subsidy amounts to 65% of the COBRA premium for a period of nine. This week, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (ARRA).

Totaling nearly $ billion, the stimulus package will have a significant impact on the way employers administer the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), while also implementing a few mandates relative to executive compensation, payroll.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of ("ARRA"), which President Obama signed into law on Februcreated a federal subsidy of the premiums payable by certain terminated employees for continuation coverage provided under employer-sponsored group health plans pursuant to the requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of includes COBRA premium subsidy requirements for eligible employees who terminate employment between September 1, and Decem Eligible employees only pay 35% of the regular COBRA premium for up to nine months of coverage.

Employers recoup the 65% subsidy by taking a credit. Employers who have not already done so should immediately contact their insurers, COBRA administrators, and payroll providers to coordinate preparation of the required notices to AEIs and to formulate a plan for ensuring compliance with the new COBRA subsidy provisions as well as the employer’s ability to track subsidy payments and claim.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) J Many laid-off workers will be eligible to receive healthcare coverage assistance through federal COBRA subsidies under the economic stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (ARRA), recently signed into law by President Obama.

On FebruPresident Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (the “Act”). This economic stimulus package includes the following three new rights for qualified beneficiaries who become eligible for COBRA coverage following an involuntary termination of employment which occurs at any time during the period from September 1.

COBRA Health Continuation Coverage. Claiming Health Benefits. Affordable Care Act. Dependent Coverage. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits. Health Benefits Compliance Assistance.

Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Retirement Benefits. Claiming Retirement Benefits. Conflict of Interest. Obama signs stimulus bill providing COBRA subsidy be eligible for the subsidy. Employers will face a significant communications and administrative challenge to comply with the COBRA provisions.

But COBRA is beyond the reach of some workers, whose former employers picked up 75 to 85 percent of their health insurance costs. For COBRA, those employers can charge as much as percent of the insurance costs, including an administrative fee, which may explain why just 9 percent of those eligible enrolled inaccording to a.

Stimulus Bill Provides COBRA Subsidy. Febru The COBRA provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (the "Act") provide for an employer subsidy of COBRA premiums for involuntarily terminated employees.

The new law will have a substantial impact on employers' ongoing obligations under COBRA. COBRA election period, and an employer’s option to allow an individual to elect within certain restrictions a plan other than the one the individual was covered under at the time of the individual’s qualifying event.

Below is a brief summary of some of the highlights of the COBRA provisions contained in ARRA. COBRA PREMIUM SUBSIDY AVAILABLE. provisions in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

Now, many employees and their families who would lose group health coverage because of serious life events are able to continue their coverage under the employer’s group health plan, at least for limited periods of Size: KB.

The COBRA subsidy applies to all employers, not just employers with 20 or more employees who are required to provide federal continuation coverage. Although ARRA appears to target employees (and their dependents) who lose jobs because of reductions in force, it extends to all employees terminated from employment for any reason other than gross.

COBRA Premium Subsidy COBRA permits employers to charge employees electing COBRA coverage up to percent of the cost of such continuation coverage.

One of ARRA's most significant provisions is a temporary subsidy of COBRA premiums for individuals who are involuntarily terminated between September 1,and Decem. CURRENT BOOKS: Annual Midwest Labor and Employment Law Seminar (OSBA/CLE), KFOO45 ( - current); Basics of Employment Law (OSBA/CLE), KFOB37 ( - current); Developing Labor Law by John E.

Higgins, Jr. (Bloomberg/BNA), KFA76; Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law (West), KFE46; Employee Rights Litigation: .In addition to the subsidy, the Stimulus Bill contains other provisions which allow an employer the option to offer additional COBRA Coverage options to AEIs, and extend COBRA Coverage for certain employees receiving benefits from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or as a.The COBRA premium reduction provisions apply to all group health plans sponsored by private-sector employers or employee organizations (unions) subject to the COBRA rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of (ERISA).