2009 Cobra Stimulus Package: Health Insurance Premium reduction details explained- do you qualify?

Cobra stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. Among other things, COBRA gives the opportunity for some employees the opportunity to continue their health insurance coverage even after leaving their employment.

Global recession of 2008 and 2009 has led to many job losses. As a result of which only 10% of the Americans eligible for Cobra could afford to pay the full health insurance premium mainly because of their job loss.

Cobra StimulusIn order to help layoff employees, as part of 2009 stimulus package the Obama government has decided to help by reduction of Cobra Health Insurance payment by 65% for 9 months.

Who qualifies for the Cobra Health Insurance Stimulus?
  1. Anyone who lost or loses her/his job (layoff victim) between September 1 2008 and Dec 31 2009 may qualify for the 65% premium reduction of Cobra Health Insurance Payment for 9 month. So if you qualify, you will only have to pay 35% of Cobra premium to your former employee.
  2. In order to qualify you must have worked for an employer who is required to offer Cobra Health Insurance coverage extension. If you did not enroll in COBRA because it was too expensive or you could not afford it, you still have 60 days ( from Feb 17 2009, i.e. till April 17th 2009) to elect for Cobra and receive the 65% premium reduction subsidy.
  3. Income Limits / Income Caps: In order to qualify for Cobra Stimulus your modified gross annual income must be less than $150,000 for individual tax payers and $250,000 for married tax payers.
  4. You are not eligible for the Cobra stimulus if you are eligible for other group health coverage or Medicare.
If you are eligible for Cobra stimulus package but have been paying the entire insurance premium yourself, you are eligible for reimbursement of 65% of your Cobra insurance premium dating back to Sep. 30 2008.

Other Tax Breaks, Tax Credits, Tax Rebates in 2009 Economic Stimulus Package that maybe of interest to you

  • 2009 Obama Stimulus Package details explained.
  • New Car Purchase Auto Stimulus details explained- Excise and Sales Tax deduction for new purchase of new vehicles.
  • $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit details- 2009 Housing Stimulus Bill in Economic Plan proposed by Obama.
  • $800 Making work pay tax credit stimulus- details explained ($400 working tax credit for individuals and $800 tax credit for married taxpayers).
  • $250 Social Security Stimulus Check in 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.
  • 2009 Cobra Stimulus Package 65% Reduction in Cobra Health Insurance Premium for qualifying individuals.
  • 2009 Stimulus Checks? Economic Stimulus Payment
  • $1000 Child Tax Credit, Dependent Tax Credit 2009 extension.

  • Apr 3, 2009


    Anonymous April 6, 2009 at 3:06 AM  

    How do I apply for rebate?

    sheen May 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

    My husband went on short term disability because of his back.His job at work was to climb up and down ladders on barges on the river.At the time he was 62 years of age.He went to a specialist for his back several times.His physician told him there was no way that he could do his job.His back hurts when he walks,sleeps and anytime he does anything.After 1 year and a day of not going back to work his company terminated him but they said he retired.I don't see why my husband can't get the health insurance deduction.H can't work anymore.

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