Many of my clients in Houston and College Station are facing a health insurance answer during their divorce. They are unemployed and rely on their soon-to-be-ex spouse for health insurance coverage. What to do if you are in that situation?
- Find out if COBRA coverage is available under your spouse’s employer.
- In Texas, there are two kinds of COBRA, federal and state. The former offers 36 months of coverage after divorce while the latter offers 18 months. Find out which one is applicable to your situation.
- Get a quote on your cost of COBRA coverage from the employer.
- Seek quotes on individual policies from an independent health insurance advisor. (If you need a referral in Houston, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Compare the coverage and costs of the COBRA and the individual policies.
- Be very careful with your timing when changing health insurance coverage from your current coverage to either COBRA or individual policy. Do not have even a day of lapse.
Most people want to put off this project. It seems intimidating. Break it down into these six steps. I cannot emphasize enough how important this issue is for your future financial security.