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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

March 19, 2021

COBRA Coverage Under The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

In an article posted on the Internet by The National Law Review,* Attorneys Matthew A. Secrist and Gregory J. Vivilani of the firm of Squire Patton Boggs opine:

"Many employers that have Section 9501 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the 'ARPA') requires employers to extend offers of free COBRA coverage to certain individuals for the period from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

"The law also requires employers to extend offers of COBRA coverage to other individuals whose right to COBRA coverage previously ended.

"In an effort to help offset the costs of providing free COBRA coverage, the law makes available tax credits that may be taken against employer Medicare taxes. The tax credits are based on the COBRA premiums that would have been payable by the qualified beneficiary for the relevant free COBRA coverage.

"This portion of the law has an unusual twist. Except as may otherwise be provided by the Secretary of the Treasury, the tax credits are provided to the following persons:

   > If the plan is a multiemployer plan, the multiemployer plan itself. 

   > If the plan is fully or partially self-insured, to the employer that sponsors the plan (including state and local governmental employers)

   > If the plan is not described above, to the insurance company"

* Read More on Free and Extended COBRA Coverage Here

 NYPPL has linked this article posted on the Internet by The National Law Review pro bono.


Public Personnel Law E-books

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