The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 or more commonly known as “COBRA,” makes employers responsible to provide notice to a person of their right to purchase healthcare coverage through their group health plan.
Most people are insured under their employer’s healthcare plan. If a person leaves or is terminated from their position, that person is entilted to written notice of their COBRA benefits. If the employer fails to provide or send the required, written notice, then the person is entilted to compensation. Make no mistake, oral communication about COBRA, whether given in person or on the telephone, will not suffice. Notice of a person’s COBRA benefits MUST BE PROVIDED IN WRITING. In addition, it does not matter whether that person would have actually ended up purchasing coverage or not, written notice is still required to be given.
For each day the required notice is late there are statutory penalties that result for which the person is entilted to.
If you believe your COBRA rights have been violated, contact The Bainbridge Firm for assistance in gaining the compensation you deserve.