Dear Customers and friends,

Obama has signed the extension on the existing COBRA subsidy program on 12-16-09. If you have more than 20 Employees in 2009 you need to review this letter. I just wanted to pass this on to you since it impacts tons of small businesses accross America!

Terry Young
SRS Insurance Group


COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended, Immediate Compliance Required

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On December 19, President Obama signed legislation authorizing a six-month extension of the COBRA premium subsidy program that was part of the economic stimulus bill passed last February.


These changes establish a new eligibility period, require new COBRA notices and modifications to existing notices, and more.  Most companies – and probably yours – are affected.


If you employ more than 20 workers and you laid someone off starting September 1, 2008, the extension will impose new notification obligations. Even if you employ fewer than 20 workers and maintain group health plan coverage subject to continuation coverage rules, your compliance burdens have increased.


Find out what you need to do immediately – and what will be required of you in coming months – by taking part in Kiplinger's newest 90-minute interactive audio conference on January 29, 2010.


You'll get the lowdown on everything you need to know to comply with the latest changes to COBRA, including step-by-step details of how your business is affected, what you need to do, for whom, by when, and a whole lot more. You’ll discover:


·         What has changed – and what hasn’t – regarding the COBRA premium subsidy program,

·         What new COBRA notification letters you are legally obligated to send to former employees and the deadlines for sending them,

·         How to immediately revise the COBRA notices you currently send, which will reduce the number of corrective notices you have to send in the future,

·         What your obligations are regarding former employees who paid their premiums in full for December 2009 but are now eligible for a reimbursement,

·         How to use the newly issued DOL-approved model ARRA extension notices,

·         How COBRA premium subsidies are likely to be further affected by additional pending legislation,

·         And much more.



You Get Expert Advice: Paul Hamburger is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Proskauer Rose LLC. He is the head of the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Practice Center and is a leader of its health and welfare subgroup.

Paul’s practice involves advising employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans, such as: 401(k) plans, ESOPs, and defined benefit plans, including cash balance plans; executive compensation plans; and welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plan and COBRA issues. He also advises employee benefit plan trustees and service providers on ERISA and employee benefit plan-related matters. Paul has extensive experience in representing clients before government regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Paul is described in Chambers USA by clients as “a creative, business-oriented and brilliant lawyer who educates and enlightens.” US Legal 500 also recognizes Paul as “especially recommended” for his benefits-related tax and employee benefits practices.

As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Paul teaches the LL.M. tax course on ERISA Health and Welfare Benefit Plans. He is a frequent speaker on employee benefit matters and has given annual presentations at the ABA National Institute on Welfare Plans since 1987. He also is an author of numerous articles and other publications on employee benefits matters, including three nationally-circulated loose leaf publications: Mandated Health Benefits – The COBRA Guide, The Guide to Assigning & Loaning Benefit Plan Money, and The Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook.

It’s convenient. Listen in from your office as our expert explains how your organization will be affected by this extension.

It’s interactive. The 90-minute audio conference will feature 60 minutes of discussion by the presenter, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period during which you can ask questions concerning your specific needs.

It’s affordable. As many of your staff as you wish can participate at one low cost. All will be covered under the single low rate for Kiplinger subscribers.

Visit to save up to $30! Further information on the audio conference is listed below.

COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended, Immediate Compliance Required

An audio conference
January 29, 2010

1:30-3:00 Eastern time
12:30-2;00 Central time
11:30-1:00Mountain time
10:30-12:00 Pacific time

$209 Audio conference and Printed Materials*
(Regularly $239 - save $30!)

$249 Audio conference, Printed Materials* and Audio CD (of the full audio conference)
(Regularly $279 - save $30!)

$209 Printed Materials* and Audio CD only
(Regularly $239 - save $30!)

*Printed Materials: Listeners will also receive practical printed material to supplement the audio conference presentations.

2 Easy Ways to Register:
1. Visit to order online
2. Call (800) 775-7654

Cancellation Policy: To cancel your registration for this event and receive a full refund, you must contact customer service at 800-775-7654 no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled start of the audio conference. Any cancellations received after dial-in information and supplemental materials have been sent (48 hours prior to the start of the audio conference) will receive a CD of the audio conference or a credit valid for one year. Your credit (the cost of the audio conference) will be applied toward the purchase of any Kiplinger product or audio conference.
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