AlaskaCare Retiree Health Coverage Continuation (COBRA)
- Qualifying events
- Continued coverage
- Continuation period
- How to enroll
- When continuation ends
- Download COBRA Brochure (ben047) [PDF 471K]
The federal COBRA law ensures that you and your dependents have the opportunity to continue health coverage in certain circumstances where it would normally terminate.
Certain events provide the opportunity to continue health coverage. They are:
Events for the Retiree
- You cease to be eligible for a benefit from any retirement system
Events for the Dependent
- Death of Retiree
- Retiree and spouse divorce
- Retiree's child is no longer eligible under the terms of the plan
You, your spouse, or child must notify the Division within 60 days of a qualifying family event such as divorce or loss of dependent status.
- Must elect if continued DVA coverage is selected
- Must select the same or lesser level of coverage as in effect at termination
Dental-Vision-Audio (DVA) Coverage
- May only select the same or lesser level of coverage as in effect at termination
- Must elect medical to continue DVA
Long-Term Care (LTC) Coverage
- May only select the same or lesser LTC option as in effect at termination
- Bronze Option is available only to those enrolled at termination
Coverage may be continued up to:
- 18 months for retiree or dependents from the date the retiree becomes ineligible for retirement benefits
- 36 months for divorced spouse or children who lose eligibility
- LTC may be continued as long as you pay the required premium
How to Enroll
Must enroll within 60 days of:
- The date notified of right to elect coverage
Forms to enroll will be mailed to you directly from the Claims Administrator once notification of termination is received and reported by the Division.
- Paid monthly
- Paid retroactive to the date coverage ended. No partial month payments.
- First premium due within 45 days of date you elect coverage
- Due on the first of the month for which coverage is provided. For example, October 1 for October coverage.
- May elect direct withdrawal from bank account
- View COBRA premiums
When Continuation Ends
Coverage ends at the earliest time one of the following occurs:
- Maximum continuation period is reached
- Premiums are not paid
- Coverage starts under another plan that does not limit pre-existing conditions
- Coverage is terminated for the entire group of members
- Social Security disability ends
For more information on these benefits, contact the Benefits Section at (907) 465-4460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are examples of when you may elect coverage and how long coverage may be continued.
Electing coverage due to a divorce (no QDRO in effect).
Effective date of the divorce was October 15. Coverage ends October 15. You may elect coverage any time prior to December 15. Premiums are due retroactive to October 1.
Electing coverage for a child who is no longer an eligible dependent.
A child is no longer an eligible dependent, i.e., turns 23, marries or is no longer dependent upon you for support, effective September 15. Coverage ends September 30. He/she may elect coverage any time prior to November 30. Premiums are due retroactive to October 1.
LTC coverage may be continued as long as you pay the required premium.
(ben047 Rev. 3/2012)