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COBRA FAQ — When must qualified beneficiaries be notified?

Within 14 days after the plan administrator receives the notice of a qualifying event under COBRA, qualified beneficiaries must be notified of their right to elect continuation coverage.

The election notice must include:

  • The name of the plan and the name address and telephone number of the plan's COBRA administrator;
  • Identification of the qualifying event;
  • Identification of the qualified beneficiaries (by name or by status);
  • An explanation of the qualified beneficiaries' right to elect continuation coverage;
  • The date cover will terminate (or has terminated) if continuation coverage is not elected;
  • How to elect continuation coverage;
  • What will happen if continuation coverage is available, for how long, and how it can extended for disability or second qualifying events;
  • How continuation coverage might terminate early;
  • Premium payment requirements; including due dates and grace periods;
  • A statement of the importance of keeping the plan administrator informed of the addresses of qualified beneficiaries; and
  • A statement that the election notice does not fully describe COBRA or the plan and that more information is available from the plan administrator and in the SPD.

A model election notice can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website.

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