How Much does COBRA Continuation Coverage Cost?

Question: How much does COBRA continuation coverage cost? Answer: Group health plans can require qualified beneficiaries to pay for COBRA continuation coverage, although plans can choose to provide continuation coverage at reduced or no cost. The maximum amount charged to qualified beneficiaries cannot exceed 102 percent of the cost to the plan for similarly situated individuals covered under the plan... Read More

When COBRA and Medicare Collide…

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Coverage when One Spouse takes Medicare   Scenario: An employee, let’s call her Lucy, turns 65 and becomes eligible for Medicare.  Lucy’s not-yet-Medicare-eligible spouse, Ricky, would like to take COBRA through Lucy’s employer-sponsored plan, and Lucy intends to pay Ricky’s COBRA premium through pre-tax salary reduction. What’s wrong with this scenario? First, Ricky isn’t COBRA continuation of coverage eligible.  Lucy is voluntarily... Read More

Compliance Alert: Creditable Coverage Reporting

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Is This Part of Your HR Checklist? Creditable Coverage Reporting   The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires entities (whose policies include prescription drug coverage) to notify Medicare eligible policyholders whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable coverage, which means the coverage is expected to pay on average as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage. For these entities, there... Read More