Final Stimulus Package Includes Shorter COBRA Subsidy


  • Bobbi E

    Having been laid off on July 23rd, 2008, am I eligible for a 65% decrease in my cobra payments? Retroactive to September 1?

    My former employer, International Contractors, Inc. and their CFO, insist that because I was laid off prior to September 1, 2008, I am not eligible for a rebate nor a 65% lessened rate on the $381 I am paying them each month. I can’t believe that the stimulus package would not apply to those of us who were laid off prior to September 1. What is to happen to us and why would we be ignored? We are the ones who are in the most trouble.

    This is an email to me today when I inquired: Bobbie, This is from the new law: “the provision would provide aid to an estimated 7 million involuntarily terminated between Sept. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009 to pay continue paying health insurance premiums through the 23-year-old Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act program.”

    If, indeed, we are not going to benefit from the stimulus package, what is my recourse? This seems totally unfair.

  • Doris

    I worked for a small- under 20 employees- manufacturer who let me go on January 23rd for lack of substantial sales. COBRA doesn’t apply for my situation, but Illinois has a continuation program that I could have taken, but couldn’t afford. Please talk about that. Will the stimulus package apply to those people that are in my same situation? Thank you.

  • Bobbi E

    Having been laid off on July 23rd, 2008, am I eligible for a 65% decrease in my cobra payments? Retroactive to September 1?

    My former employer, International Contractors, Inc. and their CFO, insist that because I was laid off prior to September 1, 2008, I am not eligible for a rebate nor a 65% lessened rate on the $381 I am paying them each month. I can’t believe that the stimulus package would not apply to those of us who were laid off prior to September 1. What is to happen to us and why would we be ignored? We are the ones who are in the most trouble.

    This is an email to me today when I inquired: Bobbie, This is from the new law: "the provision would provide aid to an estimated 7 million involuntarily terminated between Sept. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009 to pay continue paying health insurance premiums through the 23-year-old Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act program."

    If, indeed, we are not going to benefit from the stimulus package, what is my recourse? This seems totally unfair.

  • Doris

    I worked for a small- under 20 employees- manufacturer who let me go on January 23rd for lack of substantial sales. COBRA doesn't apply for my situation, but Illinois has a continuation program that I could have taken, but couldn't afford. Please talk about that. Will the stimulus package apply to those people that are in my same situation? Thank you.