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February 4, 2009, 8:30pm

The House version of this bill had 2 good COBRA provisions - one for people who are laid off (they would only have to pay 35% of their COBRA premium for 12 months) and then another provision for people over 55. The latter would have to pay the full premium but could pay it up to age 65, not the 18 months. As a local county government employee who is facing a layoff and library closings, this would be a big help. I actually work for 2 counties and both are planning RIFs at the end of the fiscal year in June. My husband's a vet and he has VA but I, a cancer survivor, can only use the COBRA if I lose my job (oh, yeah, that's another problem..the pre-existing condition thing that excludes cancer survivors). Anyway, 35% of a $550 premium would help a lot.

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