Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DoL) implemented the COBRA benefits she secured in the American Rescue Plan. Cortez Masto’s provisions mean that laid off and furloughed workers in the Silver State and across the country can keep their health insurance plans if they are laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic. The DoL guidance includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions for workers wondering whether they are eligible for these full COBRA subsidies.
“I worked hard to make sure the American Rescue Plan subsidized 100% of the cost health insurance for workers who are laid off or furloughed, so that workers in Nevada who have fought hard for excellent health benefits can keep their coverage. I’m glad that the Department of Labor is implementing these benefits and making it easier for Nevadans and workers around the country to maintain their health care coverage. During this pandemic, keeping Nevadans healthy and safe is my priority, and I’m continuing to work to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable coverage.”
COBRA allows employees and their families who would otherwise lose their group health coverage due to certain life events to continue their group health coverage. Cortez Masto made sure that the ARP would provide a 100 percent premium subsidy between April 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021 for individuals eligible for these benefits.