COBRA Insurance and Divorce
Divorce is a qualifying event under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Under this act, any person who would lose employer-based coverage because of divorce can choose to purchase continued coverage for up to 36 months. The act applies to employers with 20 or more employees, but the coverage is not automatic: you need to contact the employer within 60 days of the qualifying event and complete the necessary paperwork. Unfortunately, COBRA coverage can be expensive.
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CHANGE OF BENEFICIARY -- One of the important chores after a divorce is final is also one that is most often forgotten: changing the name of the beneficiary on any financial instrument that has one, including insurance.
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