COBRA Insurance and Divorce
Key Points
  • COBRA is not just for when you are no longer employed. COBRA is also for couples going through divorce. In the instance of divorce, you would choose to purchase the coverage and pay out of pocket the premiums.

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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COBRA -- COBRA, which is the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, guarantees that all individuals who are covered by medical insurance have the right to continue coverage for a monthly fee if employment or marital status changes. A nonemployee spouse in a terminated marriage is entitled to COBRA coverage at his or her own cost for up to thirty-six months.

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