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COBRA Developments: COVID-19 Considerations, Deadline Extensions, and New Model Notices - On-Demand

COBRA Developments: COVID-19 Considerations, Deadline Extensions, and New Model Notices - On-Demand

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COBRA Developments: COVID-19 Considerations, Deadline Extensions, and New Model Notices - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: In this environment, it is crucial for employers and administrators to review their notices and COBRA compliance practices; consider best practices for administering COBRA notices and elections in this environment; and make appropriate changes.



COVID-19-related layoffs and furloughs have posed special challenges for administering COBRA coverage. To complicate things further, recent federal guidance created open-ended extensions for individuals to elect or pay for COBRA coverage, which raises adverse selection risks for self-funded plans and health insurers. Meanwhile, new model COBRA notices from the U.S. Department of Labor highlight the tricky interaction between COBRA and Medicare, and the notice requirements continue to be the subject of potentially costly class-action lawsuits. In this environment, it is crucial for employers and administrators to review their notices and COBRA compliance practices, consider best practices for administering COBRA notices and elections in this environment, and make appropriate changes.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the COBRA notice requirements as articulated in the statute and federal regulations
  • Understand how the special Covid-related extended time periods work and how to manage COBRA elections during the extended time periods
  • Understand the updates to the new model COBRA notices and what they mean
  • Identify the key potential deficiencies in COBRA notices being used and how to remedy those deficiencies
  • Understand best practices for documenting COBRA compliance related to notice and election rules

About Your Presenter

Paul M. HamburgerPaul M. Hamburger is co-chair of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group and head of the Washington, DC office at Proskauer Rose LLP.

Mr. Hamburger provides advice to employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs. He also has extensive experience in negotiating service provider and outsourcing agreements. Mr. Hamburger focuses on all matters affecting employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, ESOPs, and other retirement plans; executive compensation agreements; and welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plan, COBRA, and health care reform issues.

Recognized by a number of publications for his exceptional work, Mr. Hamburger is described by The Legal 500 United States as “one of the best in his field; he inspires a high level of confidence and is a pleasure to work with.” He is the author of and contributing editor to Mandated Health Benefits: The COBRA Guide.