The U.S. Department of Labor has published a new webpage with guidance implementing the Continuation of Health Coverage premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), to provide full COBRA premium assistance to certain individuals who experienced a reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment. This guidance, from the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, includes documents to implement these provisions, such as FAQs about COBRA premium assistance, FAQs on COBRA continuation health coverage for workers, and model notices.
COBRA Premium Subsidy
COBRA allows employees and their families who would otherwise lose their group health coverage due to certain life events to continue their group health coverage, known as COBRA continuation coverage. The ARP provides a 100 percent premium subsidy between April 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021, for individuals whose reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment makes them eligible for COBRA continuation coverage during this period. The ARP also requires group health plans to provide notices to individuals losing health coverage to inform them about premium assistance that may be available to them.