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Can you get COBRA insurance if you quit your job?

My husband is getting ready to switch jobs, and we are trying to figure out insurance for my three kids until the benefits from the new insurance kick in (90 days). We can't ask his HR department because he is still in the interview process and hasn't recieved the job offer yet so we don't want them to know he is looking. I'm looking into just having them insured with a temporary policy from a private insurer like Anthem, but we want to look into all of our options before we choose one. If you have any suggestions please feel free to share them! Thank You!

Asked By: roxiecat4200 - 5/27/2007
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You can get insurance under COBRA if you quit. You must pay the full price. If you only paid 20% before it will cost 5 times as much (for example... More
Answered By: Barkley Hound - 5/27/2007
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Yes, absolutely, it is the law that for whatever reason you leave a job, your company has to offer you cobra insurance..you will have to pay for it, even if your company pays for it now, but it is cheaper to do that than take out a private policy. I had coverage on my husband when he developed cancer and during his... More
Answered By: judy c - 5/27/2007
 
COBRA insurance will cost you a fortune. When I changed jobs my insurance went from $70 a month for an individual policy to over $600 a month, so if you have 3 kids and two adults... well I just hope his new job pays REALLY well. Does his new job have insurance? Some companies begin coverage right away and others... More
Answered By: Lola - 5/27/2007
 
The temporary policy you are looking at will cover you fine if as long as you do not have any major pre-existing conditions... More
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Answered By: Rick - 5/27/2007
 
Yes, if there are at least 20 employees, the employer is required to offer it. If there are fewer, they still may, but aren't required to.
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Answered By: mbrcatz17 - 5/27/2007
 
Yes. I switched jobs a few years ago and I used Cobra until my new job's insurance because available. It costs a lot of money to do this but it is better than the cost of medical bills when you are uninsured.
Answered By: JAC - 5/27/2007
 
COBRA will be available to you for 18 months if you leave your job. Under the COBRA act if you have a pre-existing condition then the number of months you had with your previous health carrier "erases" the number of months that you would have the pre-existing conditions excluded. A short term policy( 30, 60 or 90... More
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Answered By: blb - 5/29/2007
 
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