COBRA continuation coverage for retirees is offered in the time of retirement and for covered family members upon the occurrence of certain events.
Q1. Can coverage be continued after eligibility in this Plan ends?
A1. Yes. In certain circumstances, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) entitles you and your covered family members to extend medical benefits beyond the date your coverage would normally end.
Q2. What notification time limits must I comply with to begin COBRA for my spouse or my family member?
A2. You are responsible for ending coverage with the Benefits Service Center when your spouse or family member is no longer eligible for coverage. This must be done as soon as possible. See What is Cobra coverage? for details. In order to be eligible for COBRA, you must notify and provide the appropriate forms to the ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center within 60 days of the event which caused the person to lose eligibility.
Continuation coverage rights under COBRA
The right to COBRA coverage was created by a federal law, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). COBRA coverage can become available to your spouse and children, if they are covered under the Plan, when they would otherwise lose their group health coverage. This section does not fully describe COBRA coverage or other rights under the Plan. For additional information about your rights and obligations under the Plan and under federal law, you should review this SPD or contact the Benefits Service Center at the telephone numbers or address listed under the Benefits Service Center at the end of this section, Continuation coverage, in the SPD.
Your spouse and family members may have other options available when they lose group health coverage. For example, they may be eligible to buy an individual plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. By enrolling in coverage through the Marketplace, the costs of monthly premiums may be lower. Additionally, they may qualify for a 30-day special enrollment period for another group health plan for which they are eligible (such as a spouse’s plan), even if that plan generally doesn’t accept late enrollees.
Benefits Service Center entity to contact
Exxon, ExxonMobil, Mobil, XTO or Superior Oil Retirees, or their Survivors, or their covered family members contact ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center.
The contact information is as shown at the end of this Continuation coverage section.
What is COBRA coverage?
COBRA coverage is a continuation of Plan coverage when coverage would otherwise end because of a life event known as a "qualifying event." Specific qualifying events are listed later in this section. If a specific qualifying event occurs and any required notice of that event is properly provided to the Benefits Service Center, COBRA coverage must be offered to each person losing coverage who is a "qualified beneficiary." You, your spouse, and your children could become qualified beneficiaries if coverage under the Plan is lost because of the qualifying event. Certain newborns, newly adopted children, and alternate recipients under QMCSOs may also be qualified beneficiaries. This is discussed in more detail in separate paragraphs below. Under the Plan, qualified beneficiaries who elect COBRA coverage must pay the entire cost of COBRA coverage.
Who is entitled to elect COBRA?
If you are the spouse of a retiree, you will be entitled to elect COBRA if you lose coverage under the Plan because any of the following qualifying events happens:
- The retiree dies;
- You become divorced from the retiree. Also, if the retiree reduces or eliminates your group health coverage in anticipation of a divorce, and a divorce later occurs, then the divorce may be considered a qualifying event for you even though your coverage was reduced or eliminated before the divorce.
A person enrolled as the retiree’s child will be entitled to elect COBRA if he or she loses coverage under the Plan because any of the following qualifying events happens:
- The retiree dies;
- The child stops being eligible for coverage under the Plan as a child.
When is COBRA coverage available?
When the qualifying event is the death of a retiree, the Plan will offer COBRA coverage to qualified beneficiaries.
You must give notice of some qualifying events
For the other qualifying events (divorce of the retiree and spouse or a child losing eligibility for coverage), a COBRA election will be available to you only if you notify and provide the appropriate forms to the Benefits Service Center entity within 60 days after the later of (1) the date of the qualifying event or (2) the date on which the qualified beneficiary loses (or would lose) coverage under the terms of the Plan as a result of the qualifying event. See the end of this section for the listing of Benefits Service Center entities. Notices of these qualifying events from retirees and survivors must be made via the ExxonMobil Benefits Web or by calling the ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center. Notice is not effective until the properly completed form is received by the Benefits Service Center. If these procedures are not followed or if the wrong entity is notified during the 60-day notice period, THEN ALL QUALIFIED BENEFICIARIES WILL LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO ELECT COBRA.
Election of COBRA
Each qualified beneficiary will have an independent right to elect COBRA. Covered retirees and spouses (if the spouse is a qualified beneficiary) may elect COBRA on behalf of all qualified beneficiaries, and parents may elect COBRA on behalf of their children. Any qualified beneficiary for whom COBRA is not elected within the 60-day election period specified in the Plan’s COBRA election notice WILL LOSE HIS OR HER RIGHT TO ELECT COBRA.
How long does COBRA coverage last?
When the qualifying event is the death of the retiree, the covered retiree’s divorce or a child's losing eligibility as a child, COBRA coverage under the Plan can last for up to a total of 36 months.
Are there other coverage options besides COBRA continuation coverage?
Yes. Instead of enrolling in COBRA continuation coverage, there may be other coverage options for you and your family through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, or other group health plan coverage options (such as a spouse’s plan) through what is called a “special enrollment period.” Some of these options may cost less than COBRA continuation coverage. You can learn more about many of these options at www.healthcare.gov.
More information about individuals who may be qualified beneficiaries during COBRA
A child born to, adopted by, or placed for adoption with a covered retiree during a period of COBRA coverage is considered to be a qualified beneficiary provided that, if the covered retiree is a qualified beneficiary, the covered retiree has elected COBRA coverage for himself or herself. The child's COBRA coverage begins when the child is enrolled in the Plan, whether through special enrollment or open enrollment, and it lasts for as long as COBRA coverage lasts for other family members of the retiree. To be enrolled in the Plan, the child must satisfy the otherwise-applicable Plan eligibility requirements (for example, regarding age).
Cost of COBRA coverage
A person who elects continuation coverage may be required to pay 102% of the cost to the Plan to maintain the coverage. A person who elects continuation coverage must pay the required contributions within 45 days from the date coverage is elected retroactively to the date benefits terminated under the Plan.
If you have questions
Questions concerning your Plan or your COBRA continuation coverage rights should be addressed to the contact or contacts identified below. For more information about your rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including COBRA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and other laws affecting group health plans, contact the nearest Regional or District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in your area or visit www.dol.gov/ebsa. (Addresses and phone numbers of Regional and District EBSA Offices are available through EBSA’s website.) For more information about the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov.
Keep your plan informed of address changes
In order to protect your family's rights, you should keep the correct Benefits Service Center entity informed of any changes in your address as well as the addresses of other eligible family members. You should also keep a copy, for your records, of any notices you send to the Benefits Service Center.
Benefits Service Center
The following sets out the contact numbers based on your status under the Retiree Medical Plan. Failure to notify the correct entity could result in your loss of COBRA rights. If your status is not listed, call the ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center for assistance or contact them at 1-800-682-2847.
Retirees, their survivors and covered family members:
ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center
Monday – Friday except certain holiday’s
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time)
800-682-2847 (toll free)
800-TDD-TDD4 (833-8334) for the hearing impaired
ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center
P.O. Box 18025
Norfolk, VA 23501-1867