April 20, 2021
COBRA and Premium Assistance under
the American Rescue Plan of 2021
Please join the Kansas City Chapter of ISCEBS on April 20th for our webinar "COBRA and Premium Assistance under the American Rescue Plan of 2021" at 12:00 pm (Central).

This session will discuss key information to help understand the obligations and duties in complying with COBRA.

Senior Benefits Advisor Cynthia Smith from the U.S. Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration will cover complexities in COBRA administration, qualifying events, notices, timeframes, and more. She will be available to assist with questions you may have including the most recent changes under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

ARP provides critical financial assistance for dislocated workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and are not eligible for any other group health plan or Medicare. Qualified beneficiaries who are Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEI’s) would not have to pay anything for their COBRA premium payments during the Assistance Period which runs from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

ARP includes a new election period and additional notice requirements. Administrators must be ready to reach out to qualified beneficiaries including those who previously did not elect COBRA or discontinued paying premiums during any time frame prior to or presently which would have been covered under the Assistance Period. Join this session to catch up with the latest information from the Department of Labor-EBSA.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:00 pm Central
Please click here to register via Zoom.
This webinar qualifies for one (1) CEBS Compliance credit.
Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for more information.
Cynthia Smith
Senior Benefits Advisor
Cindy is a Senior Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, in the Kansas City Regional Office. EBSA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Title I establishes standards in operating an employee benefit plan including reporting, disclosure and fiduciary duties. Cindy provides direct assistance to resolve complex disputes between plan participants and sponsors of pension plans, health benefit programs and other welfare plans. She provides technical guidance to plan officials, plan service providers and other professionals on matters relating to ERISA. Cindy has worked in the Kansas City EBSA office 20 years and has coordinated many of the outreach and education activities. Ms. Smith obtained a B.S.B.A. from UCM. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, she was in management with Department of Treasury.