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COBRA Coverage Costs What?!?

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: September 23, 2009 at 03:28 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

Last night, I went to a goodbye party for a friend who’s changing jobs. Amidst the nostalgic recollections and toasts to her future, we got to talking about some of the logistical problems that come with a change like this. Chiefly, health insurance.

Even though my friend is going straight from one job to the next, due to the various schedules of her old and new workplaces, her previous health insurance will cut off a month before her new insurance kicks in.

She has asthma, so trying to buy a month’s worth of health insurance on the individual market isn’t an option. Of course, having asthma is part of the reason she needs health insurance in the first place, but try explaining that to the individual insurance market overlords. (And then try not to take it personally when they laugh in your face.)

So she told us she’s using a month of COBRA coverage, which extends your employer-provided health insurance after you leave a job. Then she told us it was costing her $500.

My jaw dropped.

Now, I suspect everyone else but me already knew this, but here’s what I learned last night. I’m still blown away:

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The First Lady's Call to Action

Posted by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 23, 2009 at 01:43 pm

by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel,    
National Women's Law Center 

If we want to achieve true equality for women … we have to reform the system. The status quo is unacceptable. It is holding women and families back, and we know it.” -- First Lady Michelle Obama

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A Call for Gender Equity in Construction Contracts

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: September 22, 2009 at 07:00 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Support Tom Perez and Dawn Johnsen's Nominations

Posted by | Posted on: September 22, 2009 at 01:28 pm

by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center

Crucial U.S. Department of Justice nominations are still being held up in the Senate. Your voice is again urgently needed.

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Conform to Gender Norms - Or Face the Consequences

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: September 21, 2009 at 08:51 pm

by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Mary Robbins, Program Associate | Posted on: September 21, 2009 at 07:02 pm

by Mary Robbins, Program Associate,
and Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager,
National Women's Law Center

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Child Care and Early Education Policy Update

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: September 21, 2009 at 04:56 pm

by Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy,  
National Women’s Law Center 

Register for a Free Conference Call: Unions Supporting Family, Friend and Neighbor Care in New York

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