FoIB and regular commenter Chad made this observation:
"As far as I can tell the subsidy applies to all group health plans subject to COBRA including dental, vision, HRAs, and [wait for it] health FSAs. Who wouldn't elect COBRA for their HFSA if the taxpayer is going to pick up 65% of the cost of the annual election. What a sweet deal!"
There was some discussion as to whether or not this was accurate, so I checked in with my Guru of All Things FSA/HSA/HRA, Pete Deist. He responded this morning that:
"It is but they still have to pay 35% AND have qualifying expenses to use up the money. I doubt many people will ... figure this one out."
So there you have it. For now.
And from co-blogger Bob Vineyard, this site has a plethora of up-to-date and helpful information on this complex and volatile issue.