On April 7, 1986, a federal law was enacted: Public Law 99-272, commonly called COBRA.
This law requires the state of Texas to offer employees and dependents covered under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) the opportunity to temporarily extend their health and dental coverage at the group rate. Continuation coverage is available only when qualifying events cause coverage under the GBP to end. Coverage under COBRA is limited to the health and dental coverage in effect at the time of the qualifying event.
If you are an employee covered under the Texas Group Benefits Program (GBP), you and/or your covered dependents have the right to choose up to 18 months of continuation coverage if your coverage ended due to:
If you are a dependent covered by an employee under the UGIP, you have the right to choose up to 36 months of continuation coverage if your UGIP coverage terminates due to loss of dependent status, including such qualifying events as:
Updated August 22, 2013