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Am I still covered under my deceased spouse’s health insurance plan?

You may be eligible for COBRA coverage

Thanks to the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), you may still have coverage. If your spouse worked for a company that has a health plan covering 20 or more employees, the plan must continue to offer you and any dependents coverage for at least 18 months. Coverage can be stretched up to three years if you have dependent children.

Contact your spouse’s employer to understand your health insurance coverage options. If your spouse received health insurance through their employer, and was employed at the time of death, by law you are eligible for COBRA coverage.

Source: 2009 Medical and Health Expenses - IRS - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf

Neither New York Life Insurance Company nor its agents offer personal legal advice. Please contact your legal advisor to find out how the general information in this article may or may not apply to your personal circumstances.