COBRA Compliance Update: May 2009

Venue: Internet

Location: Internet, United States

Event Date/Time: May 20, 2009 End Date/Time: May 20, 2009
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Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan Act, which provides Government-funded COBRA premium assistance (COBRA Subsidy) equal to 65 percent of the COBRA premium to COBRA qualified beneficiaries receiving COBRA by virtue of the covered employee’s involuntary termination of employment occurring between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009 (“Assistance Eligible Individuals” or AEIs). The Subsidy is available for any health coverage (including dental, vision, EAP, etc.) other than health FSA coverage offered through a cafeteria plan.

A myriad of detailed technical and administrative issues result from the ACT that health plans, TPAs and Employers must address, as well as administrative and strategic implications that must be considered. Furthermore, with each passing week since adoption of the Act, new scenarios and issues surface that need to be addressed.

This webinar provides an up-to-date overview and detailed, technical information relating to the new COBRA subsidy requirements and related topics, with national expert Ashley Gillihan, Partner & Counsel with Alston+Bird, Atlanta, GA. Time is allotted for answers to your specific questions.

Ashley will address topics in detail including:

Overview of Applicable Requirements and Administrative Implications
Who Is an Assistance Eligible Individual?
Extra-Plan Appeal Procedure to DOL
How Much is the COBRA Subsidy?
What Are the Reporting Requirements?
What Is the Duration of the COBRA Subsidy?
What Are the Special Enrollment Rules?
What Are the Plan Administrator’s Additional Notice Requirements?
What Is the Special Election Period?
What Plan Administrators Need to Do Now
Considerations involved in providing individual plan alternative information
Discussion of any current or anticipated Guidance on related issues