From the Hotline: State Exchange for Texas

Question: With recent revisions to COBRA Model Notice by DOL to accommodate options to participants on ability to purchase coverage through exchanges; has Texas indicated if they will update their State Continuation to reflect this?

Answer: It our understanding that Texas has elected NOT to open a state exchange (for more information, visit:  http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmhealthcare.html), so Texans will have the ability to participate in the federal health exchange.

Employers are still obligated to provide the exchange model notice for COBRA participants (attached below and available at this link along with more information and the  regulations at:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobra.html).

This is all we know about this now and expect that more information will be forthcoming as the date to issue these notices of the exchanges draws nearer.