The Right Relief

We think it was a welcome relief for recently discharged or about-to-be-discharged employees that a law, recently enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama, extended much needed help to those in need. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extends COBRA subsidies for an additional six (6) months for a total of fifteen (15). months..

In a move to help those laid off between September 1, 2008, and February 28, 2010, the government provides a subsidy to employers of up to 65% of the COBRA health insurance premium to be paid on behalf of a recently unemployed person. The COBRA beneficiary will have to pay the balance of 35% of the premium.

The subsidy program is available to employees discharged between the requisite dates whose adjusted gross income for tax purposes was less than $124,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a couple.

The details of the legislation are somewhat complex. For those interested in more information, click here.

If the administration and Congress really want to come to grips with this recession, they should provide more of this type of grassroots relief. Such relief gives hope and hope is the foundation stone upon which this country will climb out of the recession. .