Hard Times and Health Insurance
Staying Covered When You Lose Your Job
In response to the growing number of New Yorkers who risked losing health insurance coverage in the 2008-2009 troubled economy, this guide--the first to help New Yorkers understand how to benefit from the COBRA premium assistance enacted in early 2009--presents practical advice on state and federal protections, and how to exercise them. (Updated 6/1/09)
While the program providing federal subsidies for COBRA coverage has expired, COBRA remains a valuable employee benefit, and there are many state programs to help New Yorkers who lose emploer-sponsoired coverage.
For updates from April and March 2010 and December 2009, download the additional files below.
Read the related press release about the guide.
Resources for family caregivers and health care providers are available at our Next Step in Care website.