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S. 2730 (111th): COBRA Subsidy Extension and Enhancement Act of 2009

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 4, 2009 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2730

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 4, 2009

(for himself and Mr. Casey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To extend and enhance the COBRA subsidy program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the COBRA Subsidy Extension and Enhancement Act of 2009.

2.

Extension of COBRA subsidy program

(a)

Amount of required contribution

Section 3001(a)(1)(A) of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended by striking 35 percent and inserting 25 percent.

(b)

Coverage under retiree plans

Section 3001(a)(2)(A)(i) of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended by inserting coverage under retiree group health plan, after Code of 1986),.

(c)

Extension of coverage

Section 3001(a)(2)(A)(ii) of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended—

(1)

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

(2)

in subclause (II), by strike or at the end;

(3)

in subclause (III), by striking the period and inserting ; or; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following:

(IV)

December 31, 2010.

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(d)

Assistance eligible individuals

Section 3001(a)(3) of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by striking December and all that follows through is eligible and inserting June 30, 2010, such qualified beneficiary is or will be eligible, in the next 31 days,; and

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by inserting or reduction in hours (for purposes of a qualifying event based on a reduction in hours shall only apply to individuals whose reduction in hours was involuntary and occurred on or after the date of enactment of the COBRA Subsidy Extension and Enhancement Act of 2009, except that this parenthetical shall not apply to an employee whose involuntary reduction in hours occurred prior to such date of enactment and is covered by COBRA continuation coverage on such date of enactment) of the covered employee after employment.

(e)

Effective dates and transition

(1)

Effective dates

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), 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).

(B)

Special effective date

The amendment made by—

(i)

subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act and shall apply beginning with the first premium payment made by an assistance eligible individual under section 3001 of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) after such date of enactment; and

(ii)

subsection (b) shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Transitional rule

(A)

In general

In the case of an individual described in subparagraph (B), under rules established jointly by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, the individual may elect to continue and extend COBRA continuation coverage as provided under section 3001 of division B of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, through an election similar to the election permitted under section 3001(a)(4)(A) of such division B. In no case shall the extended period of continuation under this paragraph exceed 3 months.

(B)

Individual described

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

(i)

is described in such section 3001;

(ii)

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

(iii)

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