Under a recently passed extension, workers who lose their jobs between September 1, 2008 and May 31, 2010 may be eligible for the government-funded COBRA premium subsidy. That subsidy had expired for employees losing their jobs after the end of March, but was retroactively extended for involuntary terminations occurring before June 1. Plan administrators must act to give individuals who were involuntarily terminated on or after April 1, but prior to the passage of the extension and who have already declined or discontinued COBRA another opportunity to elect COBRA coverage.

The Department of Labor has published updated notices that reflect this extension and other information at its Web site.