In 2009, the federal government provided a subsidy for monthly COBRA premiums because of the rising unemployment rate. Under this, an eligible person only had to pay 35% of the premiums charged, the balance was paid by the employer – which was later compensated by the federal government by way of a tax credit. The subsidy applied to nine COBRA premium payments. To be eligible, the individual only had to have been involuntary terminated from employment between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009.
The federal government has now extended the subsidy by lengthening:
1) The period during which the involuntary termination occurred. The employee’s termination date must be between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010.
2) The maximum period for receiving the COBRA subsidy has been extended for an additional six months (a total of 15 premium payments).