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COBRA Qualifying Events: What Triggers the Right to Continuation Coverage
COBRA Qualifying Events: What Triggers the Right to Continuation Coverage

Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), group health plans sponsored by employers that employ an average of 20 or more employees are required to offer continuation coverage in specific circumstances. While the requirements imposed by COBRA are varied and complex, one of the most important issues for employer-sponsors to understand is what triggers the right to continuation coverage. One of these triggers, known as qualifying events, must occur for an individual to have rights to continued coverage under the health plan.

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COBRA Notice Litigation Resulting in Big Dollar Claims

Can you imagine something as simple as a COBRA Notice missing a few technical requirements resulting in an employer needing to pay a 6 or 7-digit damages award? That is happening in Florida. Employers in and out of Florida should pay attention to this news, as what doesn’t start in California often starts in Florida. …

Benefits Newsletter 10/1/19

In This Issue: New IRS Proposed Regulations Texas v. U.S.: Some Possible Consequences of the ACA Constitutionality Challenge Pending in the Fifth Court 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey Employer Strategies to Reduce Health Costs and Improve Quality Through Network Configuration COBRA Notice Litigation Results in Big Dollar Claims ACA Round Up: MLR Rebates, Insurer Competition, …

Arbitration Agreements 101

The Eighth Circuit has issued a reminder to those seeking to bind employees and consumers to arbitrate future disagreements: don’t gloss over contract basics. In Shockley v. PrimeLending, 929 F.3d 1012, Jennifer Shockley sued her former employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging she was not paid for all earned wages and overtime pay. …

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