Employee Benefits Security Administration (ebsa)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as amended, provides for premium reductions for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA premiums and the remaining 65 percent is reimbursed to the coverage provider through a tax credit. To qualify, individuals must experience a COBRA qualifying event that is the involuntary termination of a covered employee's employment.
Section 3001(a)(5) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 Stat. 123 allows individuals who have been denied COBRA premium assistance by their ERISA-covered group health plans to seek expedited review of the denials from the Secretary of Labor. The Act further directs the Secretary to (1) develop and issues models notices to be used by group health plans to notify terminating employees of their rights under COBRA and potential right to the premium assistance; (2) Conduct an aggressive outreach and education effort to educate plan participants and plan administrators about these new provisions and (3) to establish a process for the individuals who have been denied the COBRA Premium Assistance to seek the Secretaryâ€™s expedited review. The Secretary is required to make a determination of an individualâ€™s eligibility within 15 business days after receiving an application for review. The Employee Benefits Security Administration has been delegated the responsibility and authority for making these determinations and has established an adjudication process to review these applications.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employee Benefits Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 Stat. 123, Section 3001(5). Section 3001(a)(5) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 Stat. 123 , Section 3001, Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants must complete the Application to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction and submit relevant documentation. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications may be mailed to Department of Labor, EBSA, Attn: COBRA Appeals, PO Box 78038, Washington, DC. 20013-8038 or filed electronically at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRA.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Individuals denied the COBRA Premium Assistance made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may seek an expedited review of that denial by the Secretary of Labor. Individuals denied COBRA Premium Assistance Assistance made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may seek an expedited review of that denial by the Secretary of Labor.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No reports are required.
No audits are required for this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Teresa Thomas/DOL/EBSA 200 Constitution Ave., NW
Room N5623, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Phone: 1-866-444-3272
16-1700-0-1-601 - TAFS: 169/0/1700.
(Insurance) FY 09 $2,004,535; FY 10 $4,000,000; FY 11 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Copies of the final regulations, proposed regulations, and other directives are available from the national office or on EBSA's website at www.dol.gov/ebsa.COBRA. Certain audio-visual materials also are available for hearing-impaired audiences. EBSA publishes a variety of free publications directed to employers and participants which can be obtained from its website and its publication hotline at 1-866 444-EBSA (3272)
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