Special Enrollment Period for COBRA Beneficiaries
There is always something new and surprising when it comes to Health Care Reform. Recognizing that little information was provided to COBRA beneficiaries about their right to choose Exchange coverage during open enrollment, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has allowed Covered California to have a special enrollment period for those who are currently on COBRA and who did not enroll in Exchange coverage.
From May 15, 2014 through July 15, 2014, people who have health coverage through COBRA will be eligible to shop for and buy coverage through Covered California. Even though the general open enrollment period ended March 31, 2014, this special enrollment is being offered to COBRA qualified beneficiaries, and it may be an opportunity for them to find more affordable health insurance coverage than COBRA.
Assistance With Enrollment Is Available
Keenan’s Individual and Family Plans Division can assist COBRA qualified beneficiaries with this special enrollment opportunity and help them understand their options through Covered California. There is no cost for this assistance. COBRA participants wishing to take advantage of our assistance can contact us through the Internet at www.KeenanDirect.com, 24 hours a day/seven days a week; or by telephone (855)-653-3626, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Keenan is a Covered California Certified Insurance Agent.
We encourage you to provide this information to any COBRA qualified beneficiaries who are currently on COBRA coverage as well as those who become qualified for COBRA in the future. This includes terminating employees and dependents losing their coverage under the employee’s coverage.