SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Offers Reduction in COBRA Premiums Amid Backlash

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Facing a barrage of criticism over eligibility cuts, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has announced it will be offering an 80% reduction in COBRA premiums for many participants who will no longer qualify for coverage starting Oct. 1 More than 17,000 people have asked trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan to overturn recently announced changes that […]
Facing a barrage of criticism over eligibility cuts, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has announced it will be offering an 80% reduction in COBRA premiums for many participants who will no longer qualify for coverage starting Oct. 1

More than 17,000 people have asked trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan to overturn recently announced changes that will cut eligibility for the plan on Jan. 1. In less than a month, the petition at change.org — titled "Overturn the Changes Made to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan" — noted that the changes are being imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and characterized them as "unconscionable."

The health plan announced in an email it sent to members on Aug. 12 that it would raise the earnings floor for eligibility from those earning $18,040 a year to $25,950, effective Jan. 1. Trustees said at the time that without restructuring, the plan was projecting a deficit of $141 million this year and $83 million in 2021.

The plan, which is operated by trustees of the performers union and the industry, said Wednesday that the trustees are committed to helping as many…
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