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What is COBRA coverage?

Authored By: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. LSC Funded

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COBRA is the federal law that allows people who leave jobs in businesses with 20 or more workers to continue receiving health insurance through their former employer’s health plan, generally for up to 18 months.  The right to continue coverage applies to both workers and their dependents.  Normally, people must pay the full cost of premiums plus a small administrative fee of up to 2% of premiums. 

Last Review and Update: Jun 21, 2012