The Law @ Work

DOL Issues New COBRA Notices

by Susan G. Fentin

The Obama administration recently announced that new COBRA model notices are available. The notices alert employees about their ability to continue their healthcare coverage through COBRA following certain events that otherwise would result in termination of coverage.

The administration updated the notices to make it clear that if employees are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when they leave a job, they may choose to purchase coverage through the health insurance marketplace (aka the health insurance exchange).  According to the administration, the updated notices provide information “on more affordable options available through the marketplace, where workers and families may be eligible for financial assistance that would not otherwise be available for COBRA continuation coverage.”

The updated COBRA model general notice and the model election notice are available online at

The administration also released other documents that may interest employers:

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact any of the attorneys at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC

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