TAA-related loss of coverage
(5) Election For purposes of this subsection— (A) Election period The term “election period” means the period which— (i) begins not later than the date on which coverage terminates under the plan by reason of a qualifying event, (ii) is of at least 60 days’ duration, and (iii) ends not earlier than 60 days after the later of— (I) the date described in clause (i), or (II) in the case of any qualified beneficiary who receives notice under paragraph (6)(D), the date of such notice. (B) 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 subsection (g)(1) 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. (C) Temporary extension of COBRA election period for certain individuals (i) In general In the case of a nonelecting TAA-eligible individual and notwithstanding subparagraph (A), such individual may elect continuation coverage under this subsection 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. (ii) Commencement of coverage; no reach-back Any continuation coverage elected by a TAA-eligible individual under clause (i) 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. (iii) Preexisting conditions With respect to an individual who elects continuation coverage pursuant to clause (i), the period— (I) beginning on the date of the TAA-related loss of coverage, and (II) ending on the first day of the 60-day election period described in clause (i), shall be disregarded for purposes of determining the 63-day periods referred to in section 9801(c)(2), section 701(c)(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and section 2704(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act. (iv) Definitions For purposes of this subsection: (I) Nonelecting TAA-eligible individual The term “nonelecting TAA-eligible individual” means a TAA-eligible individual who has a TAA-related loss of coverage and did not elect continuation coverage under this subsection during the TAA-related election period. (II) TAA-eligible individual The term “TAA-eligible individual” means an eligible TAA recipient (as defined in paragraph (2) of section 35(c)) and an eligible alternative TAA recipient (as defined in paragraph (3) of such section). (III) 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 subsection which is a direct consequence of such loss. (IV) 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.