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COBRA subsidies expiring: DOL offers guidance

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The federal government has answers for terminated workers who are concerned that their COBRA continuation health insurance coverage may soon get more expensive or expire all together. As federal subsidies for COBRA coverage start running out, be ready with information when your former employees call.

Terminated workers who qualified for the 65% COBRA premium subsidy before May 31, 2010, can continue to receive reduced premiums for as long as 15 months (up to August 2011). So people terminated last year will be exiting the premium subsidy program much sooner.

To help answer the inevitable questions that crop up, the Department of Labor last month released a Fact Sheet and FAQs on maintaining coverage after the COBRA premium reduction ends. Find it at www.dol.gov/cobra.

Here’s the Labor Department’s guidance on three questions you’re likely to hear from former employees concerned about their COBRA coverage.

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