COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives certain workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances. These circumstances include voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events.

On February 17, 2009, COBRA was amended as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), often referred to as the Stimulus Bill. In order to comply with these changes, employers must act quickly to modify their contribution and send notices to employees eligible for COBRA due to an involuntary termination occurring between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009.

Attorneys at Gentry Locke serve employers with our counsel, governmental compliance assistance, and litigation experience for these and other matters relating to COBRA implementation.

Please click on the names below to view the bio pages of attorneys with experience in COBRA matters, representation of Management before federal agencies, and executive compensation and benefit issues:


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