Per the United States Department of Labor, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, the transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events.
Benefits eligibility is based on an employee’s appointment type, title, duration and percentage of time worked. To continue eligibility an employee must maintain a rolling 12-month average of at least 17.5 hours per week. In the event an employee loses eligibility, due to termination, status change, or a family member loses eligibility, COBRA provides employees and their enrolled family members the right to continue their health benefits for a limited period of time on a voluntary and self-funded basis.
CONEXIS, a third-party vendor, is contracted to provide COBRA administration for the University of California. Please see the link below for specific information and forms.