Include or Exclude Cobra
In working with carriers to test EDI files one of the key questions posed by the carriers is with reference to whether cobra enrollments will be included or excluded from the file. This will be dependent on how the client is handling Cobra administration.
- Does the client have an outside cobra vendor that communicates to the carriers when a Qualifying Beneficiary elects coverage?
- Yes: The recommendation is to exclude cobra from the file by checking the Exclude Cobra check box on the Setup panel within your file configuration.
- No: The recommendation is to ensure the client is using the Manage Cobra tool within Employee Navigator to track cobra enrollments, the recommendation is the include Cobra on the file. To include cobra on the file the Exclude Cobra? Check box on the Setup panel within the file configuration will remain unchecked.
Verifying if cobra enrollments are being transmitted
Determining if cobra enrollments are being included on the file is accessible via the Setup tab in the File export engine. From the plans tab of the company you select the Exports link in the tools section and then select the Edit link next to the corresponding file you wish to view. If the Exclude Cobra? Checkbox is not selected then Cobra enrollments ARE being transmitted on the file.
Additional Articles on Managing Cobra within Employee Navigator
managing COBRA: https://employeenavigator.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/203102186-COBRA