This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
The following resources may provide coverage for your health care and
medications. Please contact these resources to determine if you meet the
eligibility requirements for such coverage.
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
If you have separated from a full-time place of employment recently, you
may be eligible for COBRA coverage. The exception to this is an employee
who enrolls in Medicare. In this case, the employer is not required to
offer COBRA coverage, but the employer can choose to offer COBRA coverage.
Under COBRA, an employer with 20 or more employees must offer
continuation of the group health plan for approximately 18 or 29 months
to an employee whose employment is terminated, if certain eligibility
standards are met. The employee would be responsible for payment of
premiums at the same cost (plus 2%) that the employer was paying. A
dependent of the employee may be eligible for 36 months of coverage.
To determine whether you might be eligible for COBRA coverage, contact
your employer's employee benefits office. In addition, you can contact:
U.S. Department of Labor--202-219-8776
Contact regarding non-public employment.
Public Health Service--301 443-1886
Contact for state and local government employees.
Internal Revenue Service--202-6224695
It takes approximately 3-5 working days to have a response to your request.