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Health Care Continuation (COBRA): District of Columbia

Health Care Continuation (COBRA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Generally, all District of Columbia employees who are covered by an employer health benefits plan have the right to continue such plan for three months after the employee or the plan has been terminated. See Continuation of Benefits Coverage.
  • Dependents are eligible for the same continuation rights as the employee. See Rights of Dependents.
  • Within 15 days of termination of the group health benefit plan, an employer must notify the employee of his or her continuation rights in writing. See Notification Requirements.
  • Within 15 days of the employee applying for continuation of insurance, the employer must notify the insurer. See Notification Requirements.
  • Employees may have to pay 102 percent of the group rate within 45 days of termination of the group health benefit plan. See Payment of Premiums.