COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has advisory jurisdiction over the continuation coverage requirements of COBRA as they apply to group health plans which are sponsored by state, county, municipal, or public school districts (“Public Sector COBRA”). This page provides information about Public Sector COBRA coverage and includes information that will be of interest to employers, plan administrators, and plan enrollees.
Please note that CMS does not have jurisdiction for private sector group health plans. If you are seeking information on private sector COBRA coverage, please contact the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).