Retirees or their dependents covered by the SHBP or SEHBP who lose coverage may be able to continue health benefits coverage under COBRA. COBRA is not a separate health program; it is a continuation of SHBP or SEHBP coverage under the federal law. See the COBRA – Continuation of Health Benefits Fact Sheet to learn more. The length of COBRA coverage depends on the COBRA “qualifying event,” (the reason you are offered coverage).

Qualifying Events

COBRA qualifying events for retirees include:

  • Divorce or end of partnership;
  • Dependent child turns age 26;
  • or Death of the employee or retiree.

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Note: COBRA dental coverage is not available for retirees.

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If a COBRA-qualifying event occurs:

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Last Updated: Thursday, 03/01/18