H. R. 3930
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 26, 2009
Mr. Sestak 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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Extended COBRA Continuation Protection
Act of 2009.
6-month extension of COBRA continuation coverage for individuals involuntarily terminated between April 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008.
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.
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.
An individual described in this paragraph is an individual whose COBRA continuation coverage —
is described in subsection (a);
expired by virtue of reaching the maximum required period of continuation coverage before the date of the enactment of this Act; and
would, but for the application of such maximum required period of such continuation coverage, had continued after such date.
Extension of COBRA premium assistance under ARRA
Extension of period for individuals To qualify as assistance eligible individuals
(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
Extension of maximum period of COBRA premium assistance
Subsection (a)(2)(A)(ii) of such section is amended—
in subclause (I),
9 months and inserting
or at the end of subclause (II);
by striking the
period at the end of subclause (III) and inserting
by adding at the end the following new subclause:
December 31, 2010.
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).