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CONTINUATIONCOVERAGENOTIFICATION On April 7, 1986, a federal law was enacted (Public Law 99-272, commonly called COBRA). This law requires the State of
 

Summary: CONTINUATIONCOVERAGENOTIFICATION
(COBRA)
On April 7, 1986, a federal law was enacted (Public Law 99-272, commonly called COBRA). This law requires the State of
Texas to offer employees and dependents covered under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) the opportunity to
temporarily extend their health and/or dental coverage at the group rates. Continuation coverage is available only when certain
qualifying events cause coverage under the GBP to end. Coverage under COBRA is limited to the health and/or dental coverage in
effect at the time of the qualifying event.
Note: If eligible for optional coverages as a retiree, this document is only applicable to health.
WHOMAYCONTINUECOVERAGE
If you are an employee covered under the GBP, you and/or your covered dependents have the right to elect up to 18 months of
continuation coverage if your GBP coverage ended due to:
Termination of employment for reasons other than gross misconduct (including retirement with less than 10 years of service
credit with the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas or an Optional
Retirement Program (ORP)
Loss of GBP eligibility due to expiration of coverage following leave without pay
Loss of GBP eligibility due to reduction of hours
If you are a dependent covered by an employee under the GBP, you have the right to elect up to 36 months of continuation
coverage if your GBP coverage ended due to loss of dependent status, including such qualifying events as:
Death of the employee
Divorce of the employee and covered spouse

  

Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology