As we advised you in our Client Alert that was issued on December 24, 2009 ("UPDATE: Cobra Subsidy: What it Means for Employers Now"), President Obama signed into law the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010 (the "Act"), which, among other things, extended and expanded certain provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA") pertaining to premium assistance for benefits under the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA"). The Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued the following updated information, of which we wanted to make you aware:
- On February 17, 2010, an updated Application for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction for the amendments to ARRA under the Act, which is available on the DOL Web site by accessing the following link: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRA/main.html.
- On January 13, 2010, updated model COBRA notices to reflect the changes made by the Act, which are available on the DOL Web site by accessing the following link: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobramodelnotice.html.
- On January 11, 2010, an updated fact sheet, FAQs for employees, and posters and flyers for the provisions extending the ARRA premium reduction in the Act, which are available on the DOL Web site by accessing the following links: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsCOBRApremiumreduction.html http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-cobra-premiumreductionEE.html http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/joblossposter2.pdf http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/cobrastimulusflyer2.pdf http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/cobrastimulusflyer1.pdf http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/distributionflyer09.pdf