Question: What is the status of Cal-COBRA going forward? If my employer ends group coverage, will my COBRA abruptly end and would that be considered a qualifying event? Is the natural expiration of a COBRA (18 months) considered a qualifying event to purchase from the exchange outside of the enrollment dates?
Answer: The ACA did not eliminate COBRA or Cal-COBRA or change the existing rules. If you stay on COBRA until your coverage expires you will qualify for special enrollment outside of the open enrollment period. Likewise if your COBRA coverage ends for any other reason it will be considered a qualifying event.