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Re: [IP] Cobra Ripoff?

Harry Trifonas wrote:
> Having just turned 23, i had to enroll in a Cobra plan at my father's
> work until i graduate from College in June.
> The local union sent me a letter listing all of the associated costs for
> medical, dental, and vision plans back in Jan.  It totaled ~$212 per
> month.
> I sent my first payment in last week.  Yesterday i get a coupon book and
> a hand-written memo from the benefits department informing me that their
> Cobra rates increased to $265 as of October 1st '98.
> Am i missing something here?
> My father did confirm that a new plan was put into place as of 10/1/98,
> but i still feel cheated, considering that this letter was sent to me in
> Jan.
> I live in Pennsylvania.  Is there anyone to turn to that is supposed to
> monitor these plans?  Or should i just lay back and be run over by big
> business??

Not sure what they call it in PA, but each state has an Insurance 
Commision, board or such that monitors insurance companies for residents
of the state. 

OK, just searched a bit, and found the followng URL. That's your state's
Dept. Of Insurance, hope they can help uyou:


Ted Quick
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