Reviewed Date: 10/21/2022
Qualified beneficiaries must be offered coverage identical to that available to active employees and their families covered under the group health plan. In other words, a qualified beneficiary generally is entitled to the same coverage he or she had immediately before qualifying for continuation of coverage under COBRA.
If a former employee had medical, dental, vision, and prescription benefits under single or multiple health plans, this person would have the right under COBRA to elect to continue coverage in any or all of those plans. Any change in coverage under the plans for active employees also applies to individuals covered under COBRA, and COBRA participants must be allowed to make the same choices given to non-COBRA participants in the health plan.