DOL’s New Model Notices Account for COBRA Subsidy Extensions

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) requires that plans notify certain current and former participants and beneficiaries about the changes to premium reduction, enacted in December 2009. The U.S. Department of Labor has now published new model notices for plans / employers to use.

If you use the services of a COBRA administrator, they should take care of the notice requirements on your behalf.

If your plan is subject to State Continuation rather than COBRA, your insurance carrier should be responsible for providing notification to affected members.

You should contact your administrator or carrier, as appropriate, with questions.

For those who self-administer COBRA, however,  you do need to be aware of these notification requirements, and prepare to send out the correct notices within the required timescales.

Going forward, the Updated General Notice should be used for all new COBRA notification events.

You will find the notices, along with more complete information on the updated requirements, at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRAmodelnotice.html.

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