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Qualified Beneficiary – Individuals who are covered under the employer’s group health plan the day before a COBRA Qualifying Event takes place
Qualifying Event – An event causing a loss of coverage under the group health plan
Applicable Premium – Employers are allowed to charge COBRA up to 102% of the applicable premium for continuation of coverage.
Election Period – The COBRA statute lists specific time frames for employers, plan administrators, and qualified beneficiaries to accomplish certain tasks. These tasks include:
The employer informing the plan administrator of the qualifying event
The plan administrator notifying qualified beneficiaries of their right, the election period, collecting retroactive premiums, and the prospective premium payment