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Stimulus Bill Revisited — Oregon Continuation Coverage

May 24, 2009

Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson
BULLARD eAlert 2/26:

Readers of our February 16 and April 6 Bullard Alerts know that the federal stimulus bill, titled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (and now known as ARRA), provides a subsidy for continuation coverage in certain cases and opened a window that would permit certain qualified beneficiaries who are not on COBRA coverage to elect such coverage.  In our April 6 Bullard Alert, we cautioned that the Oregon legislature and Insurance Division might soon require Oregon-insured health plans to extend the state continuation coverage period and open a similar window for certain qualified beneficiaries not currently on state continuation coverage.

On April 28, 2009, Governor Kulongoski signed House Bill 2433, extending the maximum duration of state continuation coverage and authorizing the Insurance Division to require insurers to provide an additional continuation coverage election window (similar to the one required by ARRA) for plans governed by state law.  On April 29, 2009, the Insurance Division issued temporary regulations implementing the new mandate.  This Bullard Alert will discuss who is affected by the new law and regulations and what the new law and regulations require.  Click the following link to read the Bullard Alert:

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2009 – SAVE THE DATES: Bullard Law’s popular Summer Workshops 2009 series begins in June.  The dates for the three-program series are: June 17, July 15, and August 12.  For program information and to register to attend one, two or all three of the workshops, click on the Bullard Seminars/Workshops page ( or contact Coni Crone (503.248.1134 or  We look forward to seeing you there.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information on the ARRA, or any other labor, employment and benefits issues.  You may reach us anytime at 503/248-1134 or on the web at  Thank you.

Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1900
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone:  503.248.1134
Fax:  503.224.8851

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