Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
As Congress considers legislation to address the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, the undersigned employers, health advocacy groups, and organizations representing workers urge you to include in the forthcoming stimulus package a federal program to subsidize COBRA continuation of coverage for workers who lose health care coverage due to loss of a job or a reduction in hours.
As you are aware, federal premium assistance subsidies were provided in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and Congress extended the program into 2010. For workers eligible for continued health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and similar federal and state laws, subsidies were provided to help cover the cost of coverage.
These subsidies provided stability for working families who were able to preserve their existing health coverage and continuity of care with the network of doctors, hospitals, and other providers in their health plan. As the nation’s top health officials continuously encourage people to seek medical care when they suspect they have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, it is imperative to maintain continuity of care.Download the Letter
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