2020 COBRA

Required Notification of Your COBRA Rights

This notice explains the COBRA rights for everyone currently covered under your medical, dental or vision insurance plans. It is also intended to summarize your rights and obligations under the group health continuation coverage provision of COBRA. You and your spouse/dependent should take the time to read this notice carefully. Should you qualify for COBRA coverage in the future, the group health plan administrator or plan sponsor will send you the appropriate notification. Domestic Partners are not eligible for COBRA. Federal law requires The Christ Hospital Health Network to offer employees and their families the opportunity for a temporary extension of health coverage (called “continuation coverage”) at group rates in certain instances where coverage under the plan would otherwise end.

To Qualify for COBRA Coverage

Employees. As an employee of The Christ Hospital Health Network, you have the right to elect this continuation coverage if you lose your group health coverage because of a reduction in your hours of employment or the termination of your employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct on your part).

Spouses. As the spouse of an employee covered by The Christ Hospital Health Network, you have the right to choose continuation coverage for yourself if you lose group health coverage under Anthem for any of the following reasons:

  • The death of your spouse who was an employee of The Christ Hospital Health Network.
  • Termination of your spouse’s employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct)
  • A reduction in your spouse’s hours of employment resulting in the loss of coverage
  • Divorce or legal separation from your spouse
  • Your spouse becomes entitled to Medicare

Dependent Children. In the case of a dependent child of an employee covered by The Christ Hospital Health Network, he or she has the right to continuation coverage if group health coverage is lost for any of the following reasons:

  • The death of a parent who was an employee of The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • The termination of a parent’s employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct) or reduction in a parent’s hours of employment with The Christ Hospital Health Network resulting in the loss of coverage
  • Parent’s divorce or legal separation
  • A parent who was an employee of The Christ Hospital Health Network becomes entitled to Medicare
  • The dependent ceases to be a “dependent child” under the Group Health Plan

Your Notice Obligations

Under the law, the employee or a family member has 60 days from (1) the date of the event or (2) the date on which coverage would be lost, whichever is later, to inform The Christ Hospital Health Network Benefits Department, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219, of the employee’s divorce or legal separation, or of the employee’s child losing dependent status under the Group Health Plan. Please give notice in the following manner: Call The Christ Hospital Health Network Total Value team at 513-263-1500, or email us at TotalValue@thechristhospital.com.

Failure to give notice within the time limits can result in COBRA coverage being forfeited.

The Christ Hospital has the responsibility to notify the group health plan administrator of the employee’s death, termination of employment, reduction in hours or Medicare entitlement.

To Elect Coverage

When The Christ Hospital Health Network is notified that one of these events has happened, The Christ Hospital Health Network, through Chard-Snyder (COBRA administrator for The Christ Hospital) will in turn notify the employee, spouse and dependents that they have the right to choose COBRA continuation coverage. The employee and spouse have independent election rights. The employee, spouse and dependents have 60 days from either (1) the date coverage is lost under the Group Health Plan or (2) the date of the notice, whichever is later, to respond informing Chard-Snyder that they want to elect continuation coverage. There is no extension of the election period.

If an employee, spouse or dependent does not elect continuation coverage within this election period, then rights to continue group health insurance will end.

If an employee, spouse or dependent chooses continuation coverage and pays the applicable premium, The Christ Hospital Health Network is required to provide coverage which, as of the time coverage is being provided, is identical to the coverage provided under the plan to similarly situated active employees or family members. If The Christ Hospital Health Network changes or ends group health coverage for similarly situated active employees, your coverage will also change or end.

Duration of COBRA Coverage

Termination or Reduction in Hours. If group health coverage was lost because of a termination of employment (other than for reasons of gross misconduct) or reduction in work hours, the continuation coverage period is 18 months from the date of the qualifying event, if elected.

Employees, Spouses or Dependents with Disabilities.
The 18 months of continuation coverage can be extended to 29 months if the Social Security Administration determines that the employee, spouse or dependent child was disabled on the date of the qualifying event according to Title II (Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance) or XVI (Supplemental Security Income) of the Social Security Act. Disabilities that occur after the qualifying event do not meet the criteria for the extended COBRA coverage period.

The employee, spouse or dependent must obtain the disability determination from the Social Security Administration and notify The Christ Hospital Health Network through Chard-Snyder (our COBRA administrator) of the result within 60 days of the date of disability determination and before the close of the initial 18-month period. The employee, spouse or dependent has 30 days to notify The Christ Hospital Health Network through Chard-Snyder Benefit Solutions (our COBRA administrator) from the date of a final determination that he or she is no longer disabled.

Multiple Events. The 18-month continuation period can also be extended, if during the 18 months of continuation coverage, a second event takes place (divorce, legal separation, death, Medicare entitlement or a dependent child ceasing to be a dependent). The 18 months of continuation coverage will be extended to 36 months from the date of the original qualifying event. Upon the occurrence of a second event, it is the employee’s, spouse’s or dependent’s responsibility to notify The Christ Hospital Health Network through Chard-Snyder Benefit Solutions, our COBRA administrator, within 60 days of the event and within the original 18-month COBRA period. COBRA coverage does not last beyond 36 months from the original qualifying event, no matter how many events occur.

Other Qualifying Event. If group health coverage was lost because of the death of the employee, divorce, legal separation, Medicare entitlement or a dependent child ceasing to be a dependent child under the Group Health Plan, then the continuation coverage period is 36 months from the date of the qualifying event, if elected.

COBRA Cancellation

  • The law provides that continuation coverage may be cut short for any of the following reasons:
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network no longer provides group health coverage to any of it employees
  • The premium for continuation coverage is not paid in a timely manner
  • The employee, spouse or dependent becomes covered under another group health plan that does not contain any exclusion or limitation with respect to any preexisting condition
  • The employee or spouse becomes entitled to Medicare
  • The employee, spouse or dependent extended continuation coverage to 29 months due to a Social Security disability and a final determination has been made that he or she is no longer disabled
  • The employee, spouse or dependent notifies The Christ Hospital Health Network through Chard-Snyder Benefit Solutions, our COBRA administrator that they wish to cancel continuation coverage

Premiums

An employee, spouse or dependent does not have to show that they are insurable in order to choose continuation coverage. But an employee, spouse or dependent must have been actually covered by the group health plan the day before the qualifying event in order to elect COBRA coverage.

An employee, spouse or dependent may have to pay the entire applicable premium, which generally cannot exceed 102% of the plan costs for a 12-month period. An exception exists for coverage of employees with disabilities during the extension from the 19th month to the 29th month. During that time, 150% of the plan cost may be charged. The group health plan may increase the cost that must be paid for COBRA coverage if the applicable premium increases.

The period for paying the initial COBRA premium following the election of coverage is 45 days. The first payment made is to be applied retroactively toward coverage for the period beginning after the date on which coverage would have been lost as a result of the qualifying event.

There is a 30-day grace period following the date regularly scheduled monthly premiums are due. Only in the case of mental incapacity is any further extension permitted, since the group health plan does not permit extensions.

View 2020 Cobra Rates

Conversion Privileges

At the end of the continuation coverage period, the employee, spouse or dependent must be allowed the option to enroll in an individual conversion health plan provided under the Group Health Plan if such conversion plan is available.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the law or your obligations, please contact The Christ Hospital Health Network Total Value team at 513-263-1500 or email us at TotalValue@thechristhospital.com. Also, view the new COBRA reference guide as another helpful resource for you.  Additional information can be found at the website https://www.chard-snyder.com/benefits/cobra-billing/ 

To view general plan information and download forms as well as access your personal account online: http://chard-snyder.com/support-center/forms-and-resources/.