The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), passed in 1986, provides continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated for reasons such as job loss, divorce, retirement, and dependents who are no longer eligible due to their age. Barrett Insurance offers a variety of solutions to make sure your company has what it needs when it comes to COBRA compliance! COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. COBRA is only available when coverage is lost due to certain specific events. Group health coverage for COBRA participants is usually more expensive than health coverage for active employees because COBRA participants generally pay the entire premium themselves.