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H.R. 3930 (111th): Extended COBRA Continuation Protection Act of 2009

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 26, 2009 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3930

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 26, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To extend for 6 months the maximum COBRA continuation coverage period for individuals who were involuntarily terminated between April 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009, and to amend the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 to extend the eligibility period and maximum assistance period for COBRA premium assistance under such Act.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Extended COBRA Continuation Protection Act of 2009.

2.

6-month extension of COBRA continuation coverage for individuals involuntarily terminated between April 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008.

(a)

In general

In applying a COBRA continuation provision (as defined in section 2791(d)(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg–91(d)(4))) to an individual whose COBRA continuation coverage was a consequence of a termination (or reduction of hours) of employment occurring on or after April 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2010, if the maximum required period of COBRA continuation coverage is 18 months, such period is extended to 24 months.

(b)

Transitional rule

(1)

In general

In the case of an individual described in paragraph (2), under rules established jointly by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, the individual may elect to continue and extend such coverage under the provisions of subsection (a) through an election similar to the election permitted under section 3001(a)(4)(A) of division B of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. In no case shall the extended period of continuation under this paragraph exceed 6 months.

(2)

Individual described

An individual described in this paragraph is an individual whose COBRA continuation coverage —

(A)

is described in subsection (a);

(B)

expired by virtue of reaching the maximum required period of continuation coverage before the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(C)

would, but for the application of such maximum required period of such continuation coverage, had continued after such date.

3.

Extension of COBRA premium assistance under ARRA

(a)

Extension of period for individuals To qualify as assistance eligible individuals

Subsection (a)(3)(A) of section 3001 of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended by striking December 31, 2009 and inserting June 30, 2010.

(b)

Extension of maximum period of COBRA premium assistance

Subsection (a)(2)(A)(ii) of such section is amended—

(1)

in subclause (I), by striking 9 months and inserting 15 months;

(2)

by striking or at the end of subclause (II);

(3)

by striking the period at the end of subclause (III) and inserting , or; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following new subclause:

(IV)

December 31, 2010.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall be effective as if included in the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5).