Employees who resigned or got fired are eligible for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA, dental coverage, unless the reason for employment termination is gross misconduct, according to The Nest. Those who became disqualified from the employee medical plan resulting from significantly reduced working hours also qualify.
COBRA does not help cover medical expenses for individuals who did not have dental coverage at their previous jobs, notes The Nest. A company has 30 days to inform its health insurance provider following an employee's termination of employment or another qualifying event, as of 2015. The insurance provider has 14 days to ask the employee if he prefers to continue his coverage, and the employee has 45 days to make a decision.