42 USC 300bb5 - Election

(a) In general 
For purposes of this subchapter
(1) Election period 
The term election period means the period which
(A) begins not later than the date on which coverage terminates under the plan by reason of a qualifying event,
(B) is of at least 60 days duration, and

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(C) ends not earlier than 60 days after the later of
(i) the date described in subparagraph (A), or
(ii) in the case of any qualified beneficiary who receives notice under section 300bb–6 (4) of this title, the date of such notice.
(2) Effect of election on other beneficiaries 
Except as otherwise specified in an election, any election of continuation coverage by a qualified beneficiary described in subparagraph (A)(i) or (B) of section 300bb–8 (3) of this title shall be deemed to include an election of continuation coverage on behalf of any other qualified beneficiary who would lose coverage under the plan by reason of the qualifying event. If there is a choice among types of coverage under the plan, each qualified beneficiary is entitled to make a separate selection among such types of coverage.
(b) Temporary extension of COBRA election period for certain individuals 

(1) In general 
In the case of a nonelecting TAA-eligible individual and notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, such individual may elect continuation coverage under this subchapter during the 60-day period that begins on the first day of the month in which the individual becomes a TAA-eligible individual, but only if such election is made not later than 6 months after the date of the TAA-related loss of coverage.
(2) Commencement of coverage; no reach-back 
Any continuation coverage elected by a TAA-eligible individual under paragraph (1) shall commence at the beginning of the 60-day election period described in such paragraph and shall not include any period prior to such 60-day election period.
(3) Preexisting conditions 
With respect to an individual who elects continuation coverage pursuant to paragraph (1), the period
(A) beginning on the date of the TAA-related loss of coverage, and
(B) ending on the first day of the 60-day election period described in paragraph (1),

shall be disregarded for purposes of determining the 63-day periods referred to in section 300gg (c)(2) of this title, section 1181 (c)(2) of title 29, and section 9801 (c)(2) of title 26.


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(4) Definitions 
For purposes of this subsection:
(A) Nonelecting TAA-eligible individual 
The term nonelecting TAA-eligible individual means a TAA-eligible individual who
(i) has a TAA-related loss of coverage; and
(ii) did not elect continuation coverage under this part[1] during the TAA-related election period.
(B) TAA-eligible individual 
The term TAA-eligible individual means
(i) an eligible TAA recipient (as defined in paragraph (2) of section 35 (c) of title 26), and
(ii) an eligible alternative TAA recipient (as defined in paragraph (3) of such section).
(C) TAA-related election period 
The term TAA-related election period means, with respect to a TAA-related loss of coverage, the 60-day election period under this part[1] which is a direct consequence of such loss.
(D) TAA-related loss of coverage 
The term TAA-related loss of coverage means, with respect to an individual whose separation from employment gives rise to being an TAA-eligible individual, the loss of health benefits coverage associated with such separation.
[1] So in original. This subchapter is not divided into parts.