Covered California's COBRA signup deadline looms July 15

The Fresno BeeJuly 8, 2014 

People who have health coverage through COBRA have until July 15 to enroll in insurance plans through Covered California, the state's health benefit exchange.

COBRA is a health insurance program that extends employer health plan coverage when a worker is not on the job.

Covered California launched a limited special-enrollment period from May 15 to July 15 for people who have insurance through COBRA, the acronym for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

In some cases, individuals and families, particularly if they qualify for subsidies, can purchase more affordable coverage through the health benefit exchanges.

The COBRA special enrollment is a "qualifying life event" under the Affordable Care Act that allows consumers to get exchange coverage during a time when open enrollment is not available. Other events include losing coverage, having a child, getting married and moving.

For more information, visit www.CoveredCA.com/faqs/cobra/.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6310, banderson@fresnobee.com or @beehealthwriter on Twitter.

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