No, the final rule does not impact the length of time someone may retain their COBRA coverage. The Outbreak Period does not affect the timeframe for this circumstance.

  • Example 1: On May 31, 2020, Joe’s 18-month COBRA period of continued coverage with HMAA is scheduled to end and it is during the Outbreak Period. Does the final rule provide an extension in allowing Joe to continue his COBRA coverage past May? No, the final rule does not impact the length of time someone may retain their COBRA coverage; therefore his COBRA continuation coverage period cannot be extended.