ody Q: My former employer sold out and terminated everyone. I filled out the paperwork electing for COBRA coverage. When I went there to give them my check for $1063.04, the office manager (who I found out was also being let go) refused my check, telling me there was not an account set up any longer for the check to be processed. Who is at fault? Who can I contact to report these people??
A: All of this will depend on what you mean by “sold out.” If a company is sold and the health plan (that all the employees were previously on before termination) is ended, then there is no health plan to continue on. This means that legally, the new company does not need to offer terminated employees COBRA coverage.
Because COBRA is simply the continuation of the same coverage you had through a previous employer, you would need to contact the COBRA Administrator for your previous employer to discuss options and find out what you can do from here.
There are alternatives to COBRA continuation available. Click href=”http://cobrainsurance.com/ here for a quote, or call us at 1-877-279-7959 (8am-5pm CST) and we can help you find an alternative plan.
If your previous employer can not answer your questions or does not comply, you can call the Department of Labor at 1-866-487-2365.