It should be required, because if they are denying you COBRA benefits based on your "firing" you have a right to appeal via form. If they give you no form to appeal, you can just can or write them and protest, but they've give you no method to correct their errors.
Besides, there's need to get cobra if you are healthy. There are healthy insurance quote engines all over the net, including at the top of this page. Many alternatives to COBRA.
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