Congress passed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated due to change of employment status or family status.

The university provides more detailed information on your rights for continuation of group health insurance through these links:

The U.S. Department of Labor provides more information about COBRA continuation of health insurance.