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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

COBRA subsidy extended

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The state Insurance Department today announced extension of federal COBRA subsidies to cover people who lose jobs the first two months of 2010. Also, the subsidy provided for people unemployed in 2009 who want to continue their health coverage with a federal subsidy was extended from nine to 15 months.  Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford noted that the subsidy for people under state group continuation coverage remains at 120 days.

Bradford said that people who exhausted the nine-month COBRA subsidy and then dropped coverage are eligible to elect COBRA coverage retroactively for six months and receive the federal subsidy. Those who continued coverage at full cost are eligible for a payment or credit for premiums paid above the 35 percent required amount.

Group health plans must notify members of these developments.

This is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at work. More dastardly socialism -- helping jobless people pay for health insurance.

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