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On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 4691), legislation that provides brief extensions of the COBRA premium health insurance subsidy, among other programs. This stopgap measure would extend the 65 percent premium COBRA subsidy through March 31, 2010 -- which is set to expire on February 28.
It is unclear how the Senate will act upon the expiring benefit programs. The Senate has thus far been unable to pass a short-term extension by unanimous consent, and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to introduce legislation that would extend these measures even longer. Littler's D.C. Employment Law Update blog is covering the COBRA legislative activity.