February 28, 2009
Five Fast Facts for Employees: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and COBRA Continuation Health Coverage
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Vision Payroll

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Act) made changes to continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly known as COBRA. Here are five fast facts on the changes related to employees:

  1. The law became effective February 17, 2009 and applies to qualifying events occurring after August 31, 2008 and before January 1, 2010.
  2. Involuntarily separated workers who elected COBRA continuation health coverage are only required to pay thirty-five percent of the required premiums.
  3. Eligible individuals who did not elect COBRA coverage because it was unaffordable have sixty days to elect COBRA coverage.
  4. The subsidy phases out for individuals with modified adjusted gross income over $125,000 and when modified adjusted gross income exceeds $145,000 individuals are no longer eligible. Those numbers increase to $250,000 and $290,000 for taxpayers filing joint returns.
  5. The subsidy may last for up to nine months.

Over the next several days, Vision Payroll will be posting additional articles on implementing the changes to COBRA continuation coverage required by the Act as well as other changes to payroll and HR by other sections of the Act. We’re also planning a seminar on implementing these changes, so contact Vision Payroll if you’d like to attend.


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