COBRA Subsidies Under the American Rescue Plan

On Demand Webinar Credits HR Certification Institute, NASBA, SHRM

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May 19 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Learn the new rules applicable to subsidized COBRA benefits under the just enacted American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

The topic will explain who is eligible for the subsidized benefits and how employers can obtain the subsidy. The material will also discuss the latest Department of Labor guidance on the suspension of COBRA and other deadlines. The subsidized COBRA rules were effective April 1, 2021, so employers have very little time to comply with the new law.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to describe what happens when the COBRA subsidy expires.
  • You will be able to identify who is eligible for 100% subsidized COBRA under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
  • You will be able to recognize how employers obtain the COBRA subsidy.
  • You will be able to discuss what notices need to be provided to eligible participants.
COBRA Premium Assistance
  • Eligibility Period
  • Assistance Eligible Individuals
  • Obtaining the Subsidy
Termination of Subsidy
  • Eligibility for Other Coverage or Medicare
  • Employee Penalties for Failure to Provide Notice
Prior COBRA Election Not Required
  • Eligibility Based on Prior Termination
  • Special Notice Required
New COBRA Notices
  • Timing
  • Content
Suspension of Deadlines for COBRA Notices Under Prior DOL Guidance
  • Limitation on Suspension Period
  • Interaction With Subsidy Rules

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource and benefits professionals, payroll managers, business owners and managers, controllers, accountants, and insurance professionals.

In Partnership With Lorman Business Center, LLC

Your Instructor

Robert J. Lowe
Robert J. Lowe
  • Partner in the Los Angeles office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Heads the employee benefits and executive compensation practice
  • Practice includes all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation including: qualified and nonqualified retirement plans; multiemployer pension and health plans; benefit plan issues in mergers and acquisitions; benefit plan investments in venture capital and real estate; equity incentive and nonqualified deferred compensation plans; group health plans including cafeteria plans and COBRA; benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements for employees of tax-exempt entities; income and estate tax planning for receipt of large distributions from retirement plans; and negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements
  • Has written many articles and speaks frequently on employee benefits issues
  • Law degree, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall); undergraduate degree, State University of New York at Binghamton


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