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Hello and welcome:If you are too sick to work, will you or have you been terminated from your job?
Thank you for the additional information. If you have to go on disability because you are unable to work, your employer is not required to pay for health insurance. The employer can make the same coverage available to you (Cobra) at cost and for no longer than 18 months.
I am sure that is not the answer you hoped for, but it is the situation.
As long as you are still employed, your insurance should still be paid and you can request short term disability. IT sounds as if your employer is considering that which is why you need a note from your doctor.
If you do not get the short term disability, I suggest you consult with an attorney as you might be terminated for illness, which is discriminatory.
The Brooklyn Bar Association has a lawyer referral service which will give you the names of several lawyers who specialize in employment law. An initial consultation is generally free.
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Your employer may pay for health insurance while you are on short term disability. Health insurance through the employer (using the Cobra coverage) is probably your best bet if he does not pay it. Employers are not required to offer health insurance. It is a benefit as is short term disability. One of the problems, like you need more problems, is that your employer has so few employees a lot of laws, state and federal, do not apply. It sounds like he is a decent guy so far.
Best of luck,
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