Action Needed to Help Laid-Off Texans Take Full Advantage of COBRA Provisions in ARRA: Testimony to the House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

March 12, 2009

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes federal funds to help people being laid off maintain private health insurance coverage through COBRA and state continuation while seeking new jobs. The Texas Legislature must modify state insurance laws to maximize the coverage options and premium assistance available to Texans losing job-based coverage. These changes, which require no General Revenue, will help keep more Texans covered through the private market instead of joining the growing ranks of the uninsured.