Employers Required to Notify Laid-Off Workers of Health Care Options

The Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidance for employers on notification requirements for COBRA.  The new guidance requires employers to notify laid-off, as well as terminated workers who lose their employer-sponsored insurance about new options through the Health Insurance Marketplace to obtain coverage on their own, as well as their eligibility for Cobra continuation coverage.

DOL issued an updated COBRA Model Election Notice  to help employers and COBRA administrators with the required language.




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