Wilkes University

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 Wilkes University's health plan if/when a "qualifying event" results in the loss of eligibility.

Some common qualifying events include, but are not limited to: resignation, termination of employment, death of an employee, a reduction in an employee's hours, leave of absence, divorce or legal separation or a dependent child no longer meeting eligibility requirements. Employees should contact Human Resources regarding COBRA eligibility if an employee or family member loses coverage under the University’s health plans.

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

Revised Date: 07/03/2014
Effective Date: 2/1/2004