COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, was enacted in 1985. It mandated that most employers offer continuation of group health care coverage to plan participants and certain family members for 18 or 36 months at group rates where coverage
might otherwise end, such as with a voluntary separation from employment, a reduction of hours worked, change in dependent status, death of an employee, or a divorce. When you elect COBRA, you are electing to be covered under the same PASSHE health
and prescription drug coverage that you had as an active employee. Additional information regarding COBRA can be found at the US Department of Labor website.