COVID-19 COBRA Coverage Support Letter
Please sign this broad stakeholder letter to urge Congress to take immediate action to provide support for COBRA coverage to allow those who have lost jobs—or been furloughed—because of COVID-19, to remain in their employer-based coverage.
If your organization would like to sign on, please fill out the form at the bottom. (Note: this is a "non-branded" letter that does not have a logo/letterhead at the top, just the signatures from the organizations at the bottom.) Only the name of the organization will be included in the signature block.
After you sign, please share the sign-on link with other employers, organizations, and stakeholders.
The deadline to sign is COB on Monday, February 8, 2021.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Tara Bradshaw via email:
or via mobile/text: 202-441-8255.
TEXT OF LETTER
February (X), 2021
Dear Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy:
We ask you to help recently unemployed or furloughed Americans affected by the pandemic keep their employment-based health coverage while we weather this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. As you did in 2009 and as President Biden recommended in his “American Rescue Plan,” you can ensure Americans have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage by including funding for temporary COBRA continuation coverage in the next COVID relief package. The undersigned stakeholders represent employers, labor, consumer groups, faith-based organizations, patient groups, health care providers and others who stand ready to work with you to achieve this shared goal.
Providing families with the security of health coverage should be a priority during the pandemic. While we hope full economic recovery is near, many individuals are still facing reduced hours, lay-offs and furloughs that may affect their ability to pay for the health coverage they trust and want to keep. By supporting robust COBRA continuation coverage, including continuation coverage for churches and faith-based organizations, we can help families keep their current doctors, treatment plans and health coverage during this crisis. Everyone in the health care system benefits from extended employment-based health coverage, from patients to providers, especially as the system faces unprecedented strain.
Supporting continuation coverage is a bipartisan idea that has been embraced by members on both sides of the aisle. We all want to get America’s economy thriving and back to work and school. Until we are safe from the public health and economic threats of COVID-19, it’s time to give Americans the peace of mind that comes with maintaining affordable health insurance.
Let’s work together to keep families healthy and secure by supporting temporary COBRA continuation health coverage.
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