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- Health Benefits Advisor

Reduction in Hours

A reduction in work hours, whether voluntary or involuntary, can affect the health coverage available to you and your family. For example, a reduction in work hours may cause you to lose your eligibility for group health coverage with your employer, or cause you to pay more for that coverage. Knowing your options and understanding your rights can prevent a reduction in hours from meaning an end to all health care coverage.

Depending on your circumstances, you and your family members may be entitled to elect COBRA continuation coverage at group rates under your employer's health plan. You and your family members may also have the right to enroll in a group health plan sponsored by your spouse's employer. There may also be opportunities available to you outside the group health plan context.

Before making any decisions, you should carefully consider the information on COBRA continuation coverage and the other coverages for which you and your family members may be eligible to determine which one best meets your needs.

Which type of coverage would you like to consider?