John McGrady III, shareholder in the firm's Labor & Employment section, is quoted in a Modern Healthcare article "Hospital, business groups push for COBRA subsidies for furloughed workers" on COBRA subsidies and how the policy could potentially mitigate adverse selection issues for healthcare providers. (subscription required)
The new extended timelines could cause complications for employers, insurers and providers, especially if medical expenses are billed before a patient signs up for COBRA coverage, said Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney attorney John McGrady.
"Somehow providers and insurers would have to have foresight into who is eligible for COBRA, and know whether mandated premiums are paid. I'm just not sure how this works as a practical matter," McGrady said.