COBRA lets you continue medical, dental, and vision coverage for yourself and your dependents after you lose eligibility for Walmart’s coverage, usually by leaving the company or working reduced hours.
The process starts when Walmart notifies our COBRA administrator, WageWorks, typically within 30 days after you lose coverage. Within 14 days after they’re notified, WageWorks will send a COBRA election notice to you and any eligible dependents at your last known address. You then have 60 days to enroll from the date you lost coverage or the date of the notice, whichever is later.
Your dependents can also become eligible for COBRA coverage due to divorce, legal separation, the end of a partnership, or a child's loss of dependent status also makes your dependents eligible for COBRA coverage. To enroll, you or your dependent must notify People Services yourself at 800-421-1362 within 60 days after the qualifying event.
Coverage lasts up to 18 months if you lose coverage, and up to 36 months if your dependents are affected by one of the events mentioned above. Your coverage may also be extended if a disability is involved.
If you’re wondering, “COBRA” stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, the law that established this program.