Uncategorized

Extending the COBRA subsidy

As most people know, COBRA is a program that allows the unemployed to continue health insurance coverage. COBRA is a way for people to remain on a group insurance policy between jobs.

Without COBRA, families lose their health insurance and then have to shop for policies on the individual market. The individual market is not heavily regulated (until 2014) so companies can deny coverage for preexisting conditions.

In 2009 the stimulus package included subsidies for COBRA, because these policies tend to be extraordinarily expensive. The subsidy covered 65 percent of the COBRA premium. This lowered the average monthly cost for a family plan from $1,111 per month to $389 per month.

The COBRA subsidies are now ending for unemployed workers and Congress has not extended the program. That is a tragedy for North Carolina. We are still experiencing double-digit unemployment. Vague and unfounded worries about federal spending is not a good reason to deny health insurance to struggling families.

One Comment


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Adam Linker, Victoria Evans. Victoria Evans said: Extending the COBRA subsidy http://bit.ly/cZJpjy […]

Check Also

Context is key for understanding Insurance Commissioner’s Affordable Care Act comments

Many people were surprised to see a story ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A pivotal legislative task force may be just beginning its dive into North Carolina’s school funding [...]

The controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, has been ra [...]

North Carolina tries to mine its swine and deal with a poop problem that keeps piling up A blanket o [...]

This story is part of "Peak Pig," an examination of the hog industry co-published with Env [...]

Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a jaw-dropping civil rights lawsuit again [...]

Will Burr and Tillis really vote for this? For much of the 20th Century, one of the labels that Amer [...]

President Trump and Congressional Republicans aim to rebrand enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest ho [...]

20—number of years since a bipartisan coalition in Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance P [...]

Spotlight on Journalism

We invite you to join a special celebration of investigative journalism! The evening will feature Mike Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team known for their coverage of the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Tickets available NOW!

Spotlight On Journalism

This event will benefit NC Policy Watch, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. Sponsorship opportunities available now!

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more