Participation in COBRA is not automatic. The employee or dependent has the obligation to provide notice of becoming ineligible for coverage within 60 days after the date of the qualifying event or they will not be entitled to COBRA. To continue coverage, the employee or dependent must:
- complete, sign and return a COBRA application to Benefits Administration within 60 days of the latter of the date coverage would end or the date on the notification letter; and
- as there must not be a lapse in coverage, past due premium payments must be sent to the state within 45 days of the date the application is signed by the appropriate person. Claims will not be processed until such time as all current premiums are paid.