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Date:1/20/2009

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Two Options for Health Insurance

COBRA coverage provides the same coverage that they had while employed, however, at a higher cost because they are responsible for the entire cost of their health insurance premium plus an added administrative fee.

Private health insurance at the same level of coverage they had while employed generally is even more expensive. Less expensive private insurance may be available but likely covers considerably less with higher out-of-pocket expenses.

"It's important people take control and realize they have rights to the benefits they've earned as employees," said Gada. "Employees are reluctant to speak with their employer about a disability because they're afraid they will be fired if their employer learns they have a disability."

Gada is quick to point out that, first, it's illegal to fire someone for having a disability. Second, if the person's disability forces them to stop working, their employer's benefits package can be a critical resource as they adapt to living with a long-term disability.

Among the questions Gada recommends employee
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