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(A) The Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), being 29 U.S.C. §§ 1161 et seq. gives employees and their qualified beneficiaries the opportunity to continue health insurance coverage under the employer’s health plan when a “qualifying event” would normally result in the loss of eligibility. Some common qualifying events are resignation, termination of employment, or death of an employee; a reduction in an employee’s hours or a leave of absence; an employee’s divorce or legal separation and a dependent child no longer meeting eligibility requirements.
(B) Under COBRA, the employee or beneficiary pays the full cost of coverage at the employer’s group rates, plus an administration fee.
(C) The town provides each eligible employee with a written notice describing rights granted under COBRA when the employee becomes eligible for coverage under the employer’s health insurance plan. The notice contains important information about the employee’s rights and obligations. Specific details are available in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office.