COBRA Premium Assistance for Eligible Entertainment Industry Employees
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: No. The premium assistance will go to the union that is providing your COBRA coverage. Your union will then credit or reimburse you.
Answer: Yes. When you apply, we look at the previous full month's income for eligibility. For example, if you apply in August, we need proof of income for the month of July. So, if your income exceeds the threshold in June, you can wait until August to apply and submit your income for July.
Answer: Yes. Your spouse’s income must be included in your household income.
Answer: No. You should continue to pay your full premium so that you do not risk losing your health insurance coverage. Please contact your union fund to find out when the subsidy has been applied to your premiums.
Answer: Your application is reviewed initially for completion. If you do not submit all required documentation, then the process is delayed. We review applications as quickly as we can, and they are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Answer: No, because that is not documentation of your gross monthly income. For your gross monthly income please submit copies of paychecks, paycheck stubs, letters from previous employers, benefits checks, etc.
Answer: Yes. Please include all sources of income, including wages, residuals, awards, and benefits earned for the most recent month.
Answer: Premium assistance is limited to 12 months within a 5-year period. If, after 5 years, you have a new COBRA qualifying event, you may apply for a new 12-month period of premium assistance.
Answer: You and your family have many new health insurance options available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. You can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of health coverage. Individuals and families may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace. Anyone can apply.