COBRA Continuation Coverage

Following is important information about your right to COBRA continu ation c overag e, which is  a temporary extension of the group health coverage you received through the District Council 1707 Local 95 Head Start Employees Welfare Fund (the “Plan”).  Following is a general explanation of COBRA continuation coverage, when it may become available to you and your family, and what you need to do to protect the right to receive it.

The right to COBRA continuation coverage was created by a federal law, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”).  COBRA continuation coverage can become available to you and to other members of your family when you and/or your family members would otherwise lose group health coverage under the Plan. 

What is COBRA Continuation Coverage 

COBRA continuation coverage is a continuation of group health coverage when coverage would otherwise end because of a life event known as a “qualifying event” (qualifying events are listed below).  COBRA continuation coverage must be offered to each person who is a “qualified beneficiary.”  A qualified beneficiary is someone who will lose group health coverage under the Plan because of the occurrence of a qualifying event.  Depending on the type of qualifying event that occurs, employees, spouses of employees, and dependent children of employees may become qualified beneficiaries.  Under the Plan, qualified beneficiaries who elect COBRA continuation coverage are required to pay for their coverage.

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Click here to download the COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Form