Employee’s COBRA Rights Forfeited Due to Employer’s Plan Termination

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COBRA’s protection only arises upon the occurrence of a “qualifying event.” In other words, COBRA is triggered any time an employee or a dependent loses group health plan coverage. For COBRA to apply, there must be a loss of coverage caused by one of the specific statutory events: termination or reduction in hours of employment, divorce from a covered employee, death of a covered employee, cessation of a dependent child’s qualifying as a dependent child under the plan, an employee’s Medicare entitlement, and certain bankruptcy situations. If coverage is lost for any other reason, like a plan termination, that

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