Employee was fired changed jobs or got divorced under the consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act cobra many employees and their families who would lose group health coverage because of serious life events are able to continue their coverage under the employers group health plan usually at their own expense at least for limited. The consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act cobra gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss reduction in the hours worked transition between jobs death divorce and other . The consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act cobra requires most group health plans to provide a temporary continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated cobra requires continuation coverage to be offered to covered employees their spouses their former spouses and their dependent. Under the consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act cobra a terminated employees benefits must be the same and the premium cannot exceed 102 employees waiting period for coverage of a preexisting condition can be reduced under the new employers health plan. An employees guide to health benefits under cobra cobra news usa gov there was a time when employer provided group health coverage was at risk if an employee was fired changed jobs or got divorced that substantially changed in 1986 with the passage of the health benefit provisions in the consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation
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