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What is COBRA continuation health coverage?

Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated.

What does COBRA do?

COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. This coverage, however, is only available when coverage is lost due to certain specific events. Group health coverage for COBRA participants is usually more expensive than health coverage for active employees, since usually the employer pays a part of the premium for active employees while COBRA participants generally pay the entire premium themselves. It is ordinarily less expensive, though, than individual health coverage.

As healthcare requirements continue to change, it’s important to know that you’re in compliance with legal regulation. If you’d like help sorting through what is required of you, please give us a call at (229) 247-6411, and our friendly, knowledgeable agents will be happy to help! 


HCR and COBRA Questions and Answers

COBRA Common Questions – Administration

COBRA Common Questions Definitions

COBRA Common Questions Notification Requirements

COBRA Election Notice and Form Checklist

COBRA Guidelines

COBRA General Notice Checklist

COBRA Regulations Handy Reference Guide

COBRA Requirements – FSAs and HRAs

Final COBRA Regulations Notice and Disclosure Rules

IRS COBRA Audit Guidelines

Top 10 COBRA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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