AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 | COBRA PREMIUM SUBSIDY
- President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) on March 11, 2021. This law subsidizes the full COBRA premium for “Assistance Eligible Individuals” (AEI) for periods of coverage from April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.
- Due to the complexity of determining AEIs, employers have until May 31, 2021, to notify qualified former employees by mail. The notification will be postmarked on or before this date.
- Be sure we have your updated address. To check or change your contact information, login to hrsystems.azdoa.gov > Y.E.S. portal > Bookmarks > Your Employee Services > Personal Information > Contact Information.
COBRA INTRODUCTION - NEW TO COBRA
COBRA is a continuation of coverage in which your ADOA benefits will start the day after your active benefits end.
- Packet: Your COBRA packet and enrollment form are mailed to you 14 business days after your agency/university enters your termination information into the system. You cannot receive a form before this time.
- Enrollment: You have 60 days to enroll after you receive the packet.
- Payment: You have an additional 45 days to pay AFTER you send in the enrollment form. (Recommended: Send in payment with your enrollment form since coverage does not begin until payment is received.)
- Coverage: Does not begin until the first payment is received.
- Monthly Billing: After the first payment is received at ADOA, you will receive a monthly billing statement in the mail.
Extended Deadlines for COVID-19 National Emergency
- During the COVID-19 National Emergency, the election period is extended to 60 days after the end of the Outbreak Period or other announced date. Please see the full details.
ONLINE BILL PAY FOR COBRA
- You cannot make your FIRST COBRA PAYMENT via the online bill pay link since your account will not be set up until after you make your first payment to ADOA via check or money order. Make the COBRA payment check out to "HITF."
- Use this link only AFTER you have made your first payment to ADOA and received a monthly billing statement in the mail.
- Online Bill Pay | COBRA
If you do not receive a form within 14 days of your agency/university ending your benefits, contact ADOA - Benefits Services Division at 602-542-5008, 1-800-304-3687 or [email protected].
ENROLLING - 60 DAY DEADLINE
- You have 60 days from the date you received the notice to elect COBRA coverage.
- You should complete enrollment form A and return it to the Benefit Services Division postmarked no later than 60 days from the date you received the notice.
- Your COBRA coverage will begin at the full premium amount.
- Payment must be received within 45 days after the enrollment form has been received.
- COBRA will begin the day after active coverage ends.
- COBRA COVERAGE WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
YOUR RIGHT TO COBRA COVERAGE
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), entitles you to elect continued coverage under the group health plan if you will no longer have benefits with Benefit Options because of one of the following qualifying events:
- End of employment
- Reduction in the hours of employment
- Death of the employee under whom coverage was received
- Divorce or legal separation
- Losing dependent child status
Your spouse and dependent children are eligible for COBRA if they were covered on your plan the day of the qualifying event.
COBRA ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
You can choose:
- To continue family or two-party coverage, if you had family or two-party coverage on the date of the qualifying event
- For one or more qualifying persons to individually elect single coverage
- For all qualifying persons to decline COBRA coverage entirely
COVERAGE FOR 2021 - PLANS ARE CHANGING
The EPO and PPO will no longer be offered and is replaced by the Triple Choice Plan. Aetna and Cigna will no longer be carriers. BlueCross BlueShield of AZ and UnitedHealthcare will be the two carriers for both the Triple Choice Plan and the High Deductible Health Plan. Please see the materials under the arrow to find out more about the 2021 plans. A 2021 enrollment form has been included in your COBRA packet, or has been mailed to you under separate cover. If you still need an enrollment form, please contact Member Services, [email protected] or 602-542-5008.
2021 Health Plan Information
OPEN ENROLLMENT WEBINAR
You are eligible for COBRA coverage for 18, 29, or 36 months, depending on the nature of the qualifying event.
Your COBRA coverage may terminate early if:
- Any required premium is not paid in full and on time
- If, after electing COBRA continuation coverage, a qualified beneficiary becomes entitled to Medicare benefits (under Part A, Part B, or both)
- The employer ceases to provide group health coverage for any of its employees
DECLINING COBRA COVERAGE
- To decline COBRA coverage, return COBRA enrollment Form A with the “I decline COBRA coverage” option marked.
- COBRA coverage will not be available to you once it is declined.
- If you fail to return an enrollment form, your right to COBRA coverage will expire after 60 days from the date on the COBRA notification.