The official line on COBRA benefits

We have been receiving some questions about COBRA benefits for the workers affected by the June 21 layoffs. I asked the Star’s human resources department to spell things out. I hope this statement from Olivia LaMelle, the veep for HR, is helpful.

— Bobby King


Employee coverage will continue until June 30, 2011 since the employment ended in June 21, 2011.

Beginning July 1, 2011 they will be able to continue their coverage through COBRA.  The first 2 months will be at a reduced amount.

The cost is based on the selection of coverage, they can choose dental, vision, medical or just medical, etc.

COBRA information will be sent directly to their homes and will take about 4-6 weeks to receive.

The benefits will NOT be interrupted for 60 days, giving everyone the opportunity to receive the paperwork, review, ask questions and send payment. If payment is not received by the deadline outlined in the letter, coverage will end effective June 30, 2011.

The Gannett Benefits Center is any questions these folks may have, 877-865-8980.


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