COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. It allows you and your dependents to keep your health and dental coverage under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) for a certain period of time after you leave employment. This is called “COBRA continuation coverage.”
COBRA continuation coverage is limited to the benefits you have when you leave employment. If you choose COBRA continuation coverage, you will pay the full cost of your premium(s). After you leave employment, ERS will send you a COBRA Notification, election form, and instructions for paying your premiums.
Unmarried dependent over age 26 can continue health coverage under COBRA.
Enroll when your employment ends or a dependent loses coverage.
Cover may be extended to 36 months if during the coverage period you experience a secondary qualifying event.
If you are classified as disabled, you may extend your COBRA coverage for an additional 11 months.
Retire before age 65 and you may be eligible for up to 18 months of COBRA coverage.
GBP-eligible employees use this form to request approval to extend GBP coverage for a disabled child beyond age 26.
Return these completed coupons with your monthly insurance payments to ERS.
Return these completed coupons with your monthly TexFlex payment to ERS. Payments are due on the 1st of every month.
Form for direct pay retiree, surviving spouse, and COBRA participant to authorize direct withdrawal of monthly insurance premiums from bank accounts.
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