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Benefits Continuation (COBRA)

The federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives employees and their qualified dependents the opportunity to continue health insurance coverage under our health plan when a "qualifying event" occurs that would normally result in the loss of eligibility. "Qualifying events" include resignation, termination of employment, or death of an employee; a reduction in an employee's hours; employee's leave of absence; employee's divorce or legal separation; and when a dependent child no longer meets the eligibility requirements as a dependent.

Under COBRA, the employee or beneficiary pays the full cost of coverage at Big Sandy ADD's group rates plus an administration fee. When you become eligible for Big Sandy ADD health insurance, we will also give you a written notice describing the rights granted under COBRA. Because the COBRA notice contains important information about your rights and your obligations, please read it carefully.

Policy No.  313  Issued  7/17/2003    

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