Pruitt says the company’s failure to include all required information resulted in his inability to elect COBRA continuation of his health insurance coverage through Best Buy. As a result, he says he lost coverage and incurred additional health care costs. “Best Buy, the plan sponsor and plan administrator of the Best Buy Health and Welfare Plan (‘Plan’), has repeatedly violated ERISA by failing to provide participants and beneficiaries in the Plan with adequate notice, as prescribed by COBRA, of their right to continue their health coverage upon the occurrence of a ‘qualifying event,’” states the Best Buy class action lawsuit. Best Buy’s COBRA notice omits several important pieces of information, alleges the complaint. These items include an address indicating where COBRA payment should be mailed. Further, plan administrators are not identified.
“Defendant’s COBRA enrollment notice merely directs plan participants to a ‘catch-all’ general H.R. phone number to enroll in COBRA, and website, operated by a third-party disguised as Best Buy’s HR department, rather than explaining how to actually enroll in COBRA,” alleges the Best Buy class action lawsuit. In addition, the notice does not include information about how people who claim COBRA benefits can lose their benefits. The notice allegedly fails to provide all required explanatory information required by law.