Mirroring a recent HHS initiative, some state-run marketplaces such as Covered California have extended a special enrollment period for COBRA-eligible individuals, allowing them to enroll in a marketplace exchange plan through July.

While workers and their families who are eligible for employer-sponsored coverage generally must be informed of their right to COBRA continuation coverage at the start of employment, as well as their right to purchase COBRA coverage when separated from a job, both HHS and many of the state marketplaces have proposed changing their notifications to offer information on options available through both the insurance marketplace as well as the more traditional COBRA programs.

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