CFL-inspired bill protecting workers’ healthcare

 

CFL-INSPIRED BILL PROTECTING WORKERS' HEALTHCARE UNVEILED IN CONGRESS

COBRA Subsidies would protect healthcare for millions

 


 

The CFL’s fight for workers’ healthcare amidst the COVID-19 pandemic took a major step forward yesterday when the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act was unveiled in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This legislation will cover the full cost of COBRA premiums for workers who receive health coverage through their employer and have been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours reduced.  The bill provides up to 15 months of premium coverage and is available to workers covered by most employer health plans, including multi-employer plans, state and local government plans, the Federal Health Benefits Program, and private sector plans covered by ERISA.

Early on in this crisis, the CFL identified health coverage as a major issue that was not receiving enough attention in Washington.  We developed a proposal for a COVID relief package that would include federally-subsidized COBRA payments for workers and have been championing this issue ever since.  We held one-on-one calls with Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin to elevate our proposal, as well as with all U.S. Representatives covering Cook County.  We also worked closely with the Mayor’s and Governor’s offices to help elevate our proposal to Speaker Pelosi.

We are excited that our efforts resulted in a comprehensive bill to protect workers’ healthcare but there is still significant work that needs to be done. We ask that you help us express support for the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act in your conversations with members of Congress and let us know any feedback you have on the legislation.

For more information about the legislation, click here.  If you have any questions, please contact CFL Director of Legislation and Politics Andrea Kluger at akluger@chicagolabor.org.

 

04/15/2020