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Former Employer- COBRA Denial

Continuing coverage rules apply to small employers who in the previous calendar year had more than 20 employees on a typical day. If your former employer had more than 20 employees on a typical day then your former employer can not deny you COBRA coverage because your wife has a group health plan. COBRA is continuing coverage for health plans that is offered a employee upon his or her leaving a company. Usually the COBRA coverage can last up to 18 months. Generally, The cost of the COBRA coverage will be paid by the employee.

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