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A federal act (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) which requires group healthcare plans to allow employees and covered dependents to continue their group coverage for a stated period of time following a qualifying event which causes the loss of group health coverage. Qualifying events include reduced work hours, termination of employment, a child becoming an over-aged dependent, Medicare eligibility, death, or divorce of a covered employee. Members should contact their employers to enroll in COBRA coverage.

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