Q: My husband is 63 and would like retire by the end of the year. He is not eligible for Medicare for 24 months . We were told that after the first 18 months of cobra he could get a 9 month extension. Is this true?
A: Typically, COBRA only lasts 18 months. The only way more time can be added to that is if there is another qualifying event that occurs before the 18 months of COBRA ends. In his case, if there is no qualifying event, he cannot get a 9 month extension.
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