COVID, COBRA, & COVERAGE – Health care amid the crisis

COVID, COBRA, & COVERAGE – Health care amid the crisis

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  • More than 30 million Americans lost their jobs due to COVID-19, which means millions could lose their health care coverage. A federal law known as COBRA gives workers the option to continue their coverage after they are laid off, but it’s expensive – especially if you’re out of work. But a new effort in Congress seeks to expand and make COBRA free as part of the nation’s response to the coronavirus.

    Third Way hosted a discussion with two of the key Congressional leaders behind this effort and two policy experts who know the ins and outs of the health care crisis.

    We welcomed Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) for opening remarks, followed by a conversation moderated by Third Way Executive Vice President Jim Kessler featuring House Education and Labor Chairman Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Jillian Berk, Associate Director for Mathematica, and Stan Dorn, Director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation and Senior Fellow at Families USA.