To recap, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed into law back in March 2021 requires the full cost of COBRA premiums from April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021, to be subsidized for certain assistance-eligible individuals whose work hours were reduced or whose employment was involuntarily terminated. The subsidies are reimbursed directly to the employer, plan administrator, or insurance company (as applicable) through a COBRA subsidy tax credit.
Notice of Subsidy Expiration
The notice of premium subsidy expiration must be provided during the 45 - 15-day period before an individual’s subsidy expires. This means that, for individuals whose subsidy is expiring due to the end of the subsidy period, the notice must generally be provided from Aug. 16, 2021, to Sept. 15, 2021. Otherwise, the due date will depend on when an individual’s maximum COBRA coverage period ends.
Plans are not required to issue an expiration notice to individuals whose subsidy is expiring because they became eligible for other group health plan coverage or Medicare.
Model Notice Available
If you use a third party COBRA Administrator, they may be sending this notice on your behalf. Reach out to your Capital Group representative or to BenefisCompliance@capgroupfinanical.com for more information on this Notice.