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Electing COBRA

This page covers the following topics:

  • Who Can Elect COBRA Coverage 
  • Premium Payments Under COBRA 
  • When COBRA Is Not Elected 
  • Additional COBRA Information 

Who Can Elect COBRA Coverage

Who is entitled to COBRA benefits? A qualified beneficiary generally is an individual covered by a group health plan on the day before a qualifying event who is either an employee, the employee's spouse, or an employee's dependent child. In certain cases, a retired employee, the retired employee's spouse, and the retired employee's dependent children may be qualified beneficiaries. In addition, any child born to or placed for adoption with a covered employee during the period of COBRA coverage is considered a qualified beneficiary. Agents, independent contractors, and directors who participate in the group health plan may also be qualified beneficiaries.

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