Aside from private and public seminars, Matt consults on a one-on-one basis with employers, third party administrators (TPAs), and insurance companies to improve and strengthen their COBRA administration procedures. With the most experience in the COBRA field, Matt has the ability to spot little-known errors in a company’s current procedures and make straightforward recommendations to correct the flaw before it becomes a problem. Matt believes that if an organization takes a proactive approach, COBRA can be administered efficiently and safely, with mistakes minimized. This positive and motivational approach to COBRA administration is appreciated by his consulting clients.
COBRA provides for the continuation of group health coverage when you quit, retire or are fired from a job that offered a qualifying plan. It can also be applied if your hours are reduced so that you no longer meet your employer’s criteria for plan eligibility. The only exception is dismissal for gross misconduct. While COBRA rules don’t define what gross misconduct is, some employment law experts suggest it be reserved “for criminal activities that can be proved,” according to an article in Compensation Daily Adviser (10.10.11).
Over the past 15 years, Matt has been selected and invited to speak and present at a variety of human resource and insurance industry conventions across the country. His educational sessions have included two-hour workshops to full-day general sessions and are always packaged to meet the educational needs of the audience. Topics have included COBRA, FMLA and HIPAA Privacy rules.