COBRA enrollment rates remain high even though laid-off workers aren’t receiving any more federal help to pay for premiums.

June was the first month the federal COBRA subsidy program wasn’t available to involuntarily terminated workers, but a study from Hewitt Associates shows one in five terminated employees was enrolled in COBRA coverage. This is almost twice as high as historical, pre-subsidy enrollment rates. The historical monthly average rate is 12 percent; Enrollment in June was 21 percent.

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