COBRA ARPA System for Eligibility (CASE)

COBRA ARPA System for Eligibility (CASE)

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) on March 11, 2021. This law subsidizes the full COBRA premium for Assistance Eligible Individuals (“AEIs”) for periods of coverage from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. AEIs are individuals who are or would have been qualified beneficiaries as a result of an employee’s involuntary Termination (other than for Gross Misconduct) or reduction in hours.

IMPORTANT:

  • SHBP is not an employer, however, we provide coverage to eligible employees of SHBP Employing Entities, which primarily include State of Georgia Public School Systems and State Agencies.
  • To assist SHBP with complying with the ARPA, we require our Employing Entities to identify AEIs eligible to receive the COBRA subsidy anytime from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.
  • SHBP is relying on employee eligibility records successfully transmitted by Employing Entities to SHBP to identify those individuals potentially eligible for the COBRA subsidy.
  • An Employing Entities confirmation that their employee or former employee is an AEI allows SHBP to provide them a subsidy to the extent that the individual elects COBRA and is not eligible for other group health coverage or Medicare. However, all employees and former employees eligible to enroll in COBRA will continue to receive a COBRA Benefits Continuation Coverage Election Notice from ADP’s subcontractor, WageWorks regardless of their employer identifying them as an AEI.

Employer Frequently Asked Questions

Employers, get your most frequently asked questions answered about the SHBP COBRA ARPA System for Eligibility (CASE).