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COBRA And The New York State Extension Of Benefits For Dental And Vision

Federal COBRA benefits are generally available to employers with 20 or more employees in the prior calendar year. The New York state continuation of coverage (Mini-COBRA) is available for all insured health plans with under 20 employees; however, it does not apply to stand-alone dental or vision plans.

Since federal COBRA does not apply and Mini-COBRA only applies to medical coverage, members currently enrolled in stand-alone dental and vision plans who are transitioning to COBRA are not eligible to continue coverage with COBRA benefits. Please refer members to the following resources when in need of replacement options:

  • Individual & Family Plans area of our website
  • Call Customer Care at 1-877-626-9298
  • Call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5777

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