In Georgia, can you be fired (a) while in a coma (b) can health insurance be cancelled effective the day of termination without the ability to even pay the premium to continue through the month, (c) is a company with maximum of around 12 employees subject

I am asking this question on behalf of a friend. She worked for a company, a small LLC in Georgia that has max of about 12 employees. She was there when the company started and worked for this employer for 16 years. While in a coma, only a week following a medical issue that began on Monday, (the Friday before she was at work with no clue as to what about to befall her) upon his return from India, the owner sent a certified letter to her address, which her husband opened, notifying her that she was fired (possibly to save friend's agency a big hit on hospital bill) - can't begin to think of any rational explanation. I believe insurance is cancelled the day of termination based on communications a few months ago regarding another employee that was fired, and that there's no way to even pay to continue through the month.

My friend is still in ICU (doesn't know she's been terminated). Insurance company says they have not been notified - but if its true insurance ends the day of termination, they can certainly put “2 + 2” together. Her family is trying to transfer her to long-term care. She may be in insurance limbo right now. Obama won’t kick in until December 1st. As with most things in life, she has friends that have friends that are lawyers, a referral to a company in Florida that I don’t believe specializes in this sort of thing, and a lot of people with an opinion, but no clear answer. She is still in ICU. Her husband is / was also covered under the same plan.

In Georgia, can you be fired (a) while in a coma (b) can health insurance be cancelled effective the day of termination without the ability to even pay the premium to continue through the month, (c) is a company with maximum of around 12 employees subject to COBRA, HIPPA, FMLA, (anything), and (d), if so, what are health insurance options?

UPDATE:

There is a "mini-COBRA" statute O.C.G.A. §33-24-21.1, that may apply, except that I have not yet found anything defining what a "for cause" termination is, w.r.t. this statute (i.e., is it the same as it is for unemployment).

Very important - as to number of employees and applicable employment laws:

What if, as in this case, 90% or more of the employers' gross sales are from the State coffers (I'd guess about five million per year) paid and funded by Ga. citizens), and has been for 10+ years, AND the employer has been known to tell the public and others he was "working for the State" to bolster credibility and obtain clients?

Can the employer be a "state contractor" as to bring in other applicable employment laws?

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