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COBRA

What is the Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)?
Could I be eligible for a reduction in my COBRA premiums under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)?
Under what circumstances would coverage under the Fund terminate and COBRA coverage be offered?
Can all Fund benefits be continued under COBRA?
How much does it cost to continue coverage?
For how long can coverage be continued?
How do I elect COBRA continuation of Fund benefits?

 

What is the Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)?
COBRA requires that the Management Benefits Fund offer members and their covered dependents the opportunity to continue benefit coverage, in certain instances, when the coverage would otherwise terminate.

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Under what circumstances would coverage under the Fund terminate and COBRA coverage be offered?
Fund coverage of a member may terminate due to a reduction in the hours of employment, termination of employment (including unpaid leaves of absence) for reasons other than gross misconduct.

Fund coverage of a dependent spouse, partner, or child may terminate due to:

  • The death of member
  • Divorce or termination of the domestic partnership with member
  • Termination of member's employment (including unpaid leaves of absence) for reasons other than gross misconduct
  • Deferred retirement of member
  • Reduction in the hours of member's employment
  • In the case of a dependent child, the dependent ceases to qualify as a covered dependent child under the terms of the Fund's eligibility requirement


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Can all Fund benefits be continued under COBRA?
No. The Fund benefits that may be continued are Superimposed Major Medical and/or Dental and Vision.


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How much does it cost to continue coverage?
To obtain rate information for the extension of individual or family coverage, please download a COBRA application  (PDF).


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For how long can coverage be continued?

The coverage period for the member, member's spouse/domestic partner, and dependent(s) is 36 months* from the date of coverage termination.

*If the qualifying event that gave rise to COBRA coverage occurred prior to July 1, 2009, the member/spouse/dependent is eligible for a total of 36 months of coverage from the date of the qualifying event.  Coverage will be extended automatically and Healthplex, the MBF COBRA administrator, will continue to bill the COBRA participant until the end of the 36-month period.  However, please note that COBRA participants whose maximum continuation period ended prior to July 1, 2009 may not reinstate their COBRA coverage.

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How do I elect COBRA continuation of Fund benefits?
In order to elect COBRA coverage of Fund Benefits, you will need to complete a Fund COBRA application. You may download a COBRA application or contact the Fund Administrative Office at (212) 306-7290. From outside New York City call (888) 4000MBF (888-400-0623), or if hearing impaired call the TTY number at (212) 306-7629.

Download a COBRA application (PDF)

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