COBRA insurance

What’s covered under COBRA?

With COBRA, you can continue the same coverage you had when you were employed. That includes medical, dental and vision plans. You cannot choose new coverage or change your plan to a different one. For example, if you had a medical plan and a dental plan, you can keep one or both of them. But you wouldn’t be able to add a vision plan if it wasn’t part of your plan before COBRA.

How do I pay for COBRA?

Under COBRA you’ll have to pay the full premium for your coverage, plus an administrative fee. When you’re employed, your employer generally pays for some of the cost of your health insurance. That means you’ll likely be paying more for COBRA – and it may get expensive, depending on the kind of coverage you have. 

What are COBRA coverage limits?

COBRA coverage is only a short-term solution, so it’s a good idea to explore other options. Besides the general time limit of 18 to 36 months, there are a couple of other reasons your COBRA coverage can end.

  • You don’t pay your premiums on time.
  • Your former employer stops offering any group health plans.
  • You get comparable coverage through a new job.
  • You become eligible for Medicare.