What is COBRA and How Can It Help You?

Authored By: National Health Law Program (

Losing your group health plan coverage? Thanks to the federal COBRA law, you may be entitled to an extension of your previous coverage for up to 18 months. COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) was enacted in 1985 to provide health plan continuation for families facing such crises as the loss of a job or death of a family member.

Last Review and Update: Mar 16, 2003