The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 is a United States law that was passed by Congress and approved by President Ronald Reagan that dealt with health care for employees in the country and its applications once an employee terminates a relationship with an employer. More specifically, it states that if an employee chooses to leave the company in which he or she works, he or she may still choose to take part in the health plan offered by the former employer for a predetermined period of time that is often 18 months. There are special circumstances, such as the divorce or death of an employee, in which his or her dependents may take advantage of this offer for a longer length of time.
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