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Continuing Health Care Coverage Under COBRA Or USERRA During Military Leave

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Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not dispute the prediction of Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, commanding general of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, that U.S. forces would be needed in Iraq "for a few more years."

That likely means that more troops will be headed overseas. If one of your employees is slated to ship out, it's imperative that you're well-versed in the employment rights of employees on military leave. One such right involves the election of health care continuation coverage.

 

Employees who go on military leave are entitled to elect to continue employer-provided health care coverage under:

  • the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), which applies to employers with 20 or more employees,

  • the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which applies to all employers, or

  • both COBRA and USERRA.

For employers with 20 or more workers, COBRA and...(register to read more)

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