On December 19, 2009, President Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (“DOD Act”), which extended the availability of the COBRA health care continuation coverage premium subsidy original enacted in early 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Department of Labor has now posted updated guidance and model COBRA notices on its website as follows: the DOL’s explanation of the updated notices, updated model general COBRA notice; and COBRA premium assistance extension notice. For further details about the COBRA premium subsidy extension in the DOD Act, see 01/04/10 Employee Benefits Alert: Congress Extends COBRA Premium Subsidy.