Originally Posted by Cubitt
I actually work for a hospital, and I think I could cut down to part time and still retain medical benefits, which are generous. What I would like to know is what options beyond and 18-month COBRA do I have.
Yup, read where REWahoo said. Don't make any assumptions about purchasing and being eligible for individual health insurance until you do your homework. It is better to learn the issues while you are still employed and covered.
I also suggest checking with your HR benefits people. Some employers allow "retiree insurance" where you pay all on your own, but at least you are eligible automatically. Careful, since in some cases you have to continue the insurance uninterrupted between employment and retirement.
Anyhow, welcome to the board and count on learning a lot if you can put up with the general insanity of the place.