New health care provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will take effect March 1. The bill, signed by President Obama last week, includes new requirements for COBRA compliance.

According to a statement by NAHU, some provisions, like the proposed eligibility expansion to individuals 55 and older, and workers with 10 years of service or more, were kept out of the final bill. Some changes that made it in include new notice requirements and a new payroll tax offset to reimburse employers for subsidy costs.

Click here for a full text of the bill. The House provides an explanation here.

NAHU will host a Web seminar on March 2 that will cover the changes. Visit for more information.