Your spouse’s employer is required to provide COBRA coverage for you, but only if you notify the health plan administrator within 60 days of becoming divorced. If you don’t give the administrator proper notice, then you will not be eligible for COBRA coverage.
Coverage Through Your Own Employer May be Cheaper
You may not want to be covered under COBRA if you can obtain health insurance through your employer. This is because your spouse’s employer is probably paying for all or a portion of your current health insurance premium.
Under COBRA, you will be responsible for the entire amount of the premium. (Actually, you may be charged 102% of the cost of the group rate.)
If your employer provides health insurance for you at little or no charge to you, then you are better off obtaining health insurance through your employer. You may also find that other private plans are less expensive and more permanent than the COBRA coverage.
To determine which ones would work for you, ask the personnel at your doctors’ offices what insurance plans they accept, and which ones make payments that are the most hassle-free.
COBRA Coverage Ends in 36 Months
COBRA coverage for a former spouse ends within 36 months. So you need to be prepared for this coverage to end and new health insurance to take its place.
If you have questions about obtaining new health insurance once the COBRA coverage expires, you should contact someone who is knowledgeable about the different kinds of health insurance plans available in your area, or go online.
Source data according to WIFE.org: Maintaining Your Health Insurance After Divorce, 2018