COBRA Continuation Program for NY State Residents
The New York State Continuation Assistance Program, which offers qualifying
entertainment industry workers (and some displaced factory workers) a 50%
subsidy of COBRA premiums for up to one year, was signed by Governor George Pataki
in September, 2004 and went into effect January 1, 2005. The program has
been extended through June 30, 2007.
To qualify for assistance, you must:
- Be a resident of New York State who has held a position in the
- Be eligible for, or already covered by, COBRA continuation coverage
through a collectively bargained benefits plan, such as the Equity-League
- Not be receiving coverage from a NYS Department of Health program or
Not be currently eligible for employer provided coverage.
In addition, for an individual, monthly income may not exceed $1,984; for a
family of two, monthly household income may not exceed $2,663; for a family
of three, monthly household income may be up to $3,342; for a family of
four, monthly household income may be up to $4,021 and for a family of 5,
monthly household income may be up to $4,700
Once enrolled, you will receive up to 12 months of a 50% premium subsidy. If
during this 12-month period, you become eligible for health insurance and go
off COBRA, your subsidy would stop. However, if your coverage expires and
you once again self-pay under COBRA, you can continue to receive whatever
remains of your 12-month benefit.
The legislation establishing the COBRA subsidy was endorsed and supported by
The Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Coalition, a group of
entertainment industry unions, including Equity, guilds, social service
agencies and others, coordinated by The Actors' Fund.
For more information and the application form, contact:
- Equity-League Trust Funds, www.equityleague.org / (212) 869-9380
- Actors' Fund, www.actorsfund.org / (212) 221-7300
- Consumer Services Bureau of the State Insurance Department at