Obama administration officials are encouraging employers to use COBRA health coverage continuation notices to tell young adults about the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange system.
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In May 2013, the U.S. Labor Department published a technical release, or informal batch of advice, that included a model COBRA notice for the ACA era. The new version gave some information about the exchange system.
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Employers can still use the May 2013 model, according to a new batch of informal advice prepared by officials at the Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury Department.
Employers can keep using that model until regulators put new COBRA notice rules into effect, officials say.
Employers can also go beyond what’s in the May 2013 model and give the recipients, including young adults, more information about the ACA exchange system, officials say.
“We encourage plan administrators to consider how they can help individuals maintain the coverage that would best suit their needs,” officials say. “COBRA election notices may be tailored to particular groups like young adults aging out of dependent coverage on their parents’ health plan.”
Congress created the group health benefits continuation program with a provision in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, or COBRA for short.