“Qualifying events” are events that cause an individual to lose his or her group health coverage and trigger a plan’s COBRA obligations. The type of qualifying event determines who the qualified beneficiaries are for that event and the period of time that a plan must offer continuation coverage.
For more information on this subject, look at:
- Chapter 6: Continuation Coverage Requirements of Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies, especially the section on “COBRA Basics”
- Chapter 5: Laws Related to Group Health Plans of Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies, especially the section on “Events That Trigger COBRA”