313 Benefits Continuation (COBRA)

The Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives employees and their qualified beneficiaries the opportunity to continue health insurance coverage under Spelman'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.

Under COBRA, the employee or beneficiary pays the full cost of coverage at Spelman's group rates plus an administration fee. Spelman provides each eligible employee with a written notice describing rights granted under COBRA when the employee becomes eligible for coverage under Spelman's health insurance plan. The notice contains important information about the employee's rights and obligations.To obtain cost information, contact the Office of Human Resources.

Policy No.  313  Effective Date:  9/1/2000   Revision Date: 2/26/2010