How much time does your company spend manually preparing file data? Imagine a world where managing COBRA eligibility data is as simple as a few clicks, where files in myriad formats seamlessly transform into a standardized, compliant structure without hours of manual labor.

For companies and consultancies managing employee benefits, standardizing and processing data files is a critical, yet challenging task. This is especially true when dealing with COBRA eligibility data, where accuracy and compliance are non-negotiable. 

The process is typically manual and cumbersome, involving the ingestion of various data file formats from multiple clients, transforming this data into a standardized format, and then distributing it to the required systems of platforms and partners. This is where steps in, offering a seamless solution for automating and streamlining these processes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Automation of Data Processes: simplifies the ingestion, transformation, and distribution of employee benefits data.

  • Standardization of Data: Converts various file formats into a standardized format, such as the 834 file format for COBRA eligibility data.

  • Efficiency and Accuracy: Reduces manual errors and speeds up the data management process.

  • Integration Capabilities: Seamlessly integrates with multiple systems of platforms and partners.

Table of Contents:

Introduction to Employee Benefits Data Challenges

Managing employee benefits, especially COBRA eligibility data is fraught with complexity and time-consuming manual data preparation. Administrators must deal with a variety of file formats received from clients, each requiring accurate transformation and timely distribution to relevant platforms. This not only demands significant manual effort but also poses a high risk of errors, leading to compliance issues and delays.

The Need for Data Standardization

In an ideal world, all companies have a single standardized file type, structure, and format, but this is, unfortunately, never the case. Standardization of data is required when sending employee eligibility data to insurance and benefit companies’ systems, ensuring efficient and error-free management of COBRA eligibility information. The 834 file format is often used for this purpose, serving as a critical component in the exchange of employee benefits information. However, achieving this standardization manually is both time-consuming and prone to inaccuracies.

How Addresses These Challenges offers a low-code, SaaS-based data integration platform that automates and simplifies the entire process of managing COBRA eligibility data. The platform is built for ease of use, with a point-and-click, drag-and-drop interface, allowing both technical and non-technical users to manage integration. 

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Ingesting Various Data File Formats can automatically ingest data in various file formats from multiple sources, streamlining the initial step of the data management process. The most common source for receiving files from clients and third parties is SFTP, but some companies are now shifting to API-based data-sharing, which also supports. 

Transforming Data to Required File Format

The platform features powerful transformation capabilities, allowing for the conversion of ingested data into the standardized 834 file format or any other required format with ease and accuracy.

Examples of some transformations performed by include:

  • Define_Event_Codes: Translates event codes to platform-specific formats and maps client codes if necessary fields are empty.

  • Assigning Number Values: Assigns numerical values to qualifiers like Qualified Beneficiary, Spouse, Child(ren) for future calculations in plan election tiers, with a hardcoded initial enrollment date for compliance.

  • Define_Enrollment_Tier: Determines enrollment tier based on total value calculations.

  • Aligning Event Code with Coverage Level: Ensures event codes are correctly matched with the appropriate coverage levels.

Sending Data to Vendors & Partners

Once transformed, facilitates the seamless distribution of this data to the necessary systems, ensuring that platforms and partners have timely access to accurate COBRA eligibility information. Similarly to the data ingestion, the most common method for sharing the prepared files with vendors and partners is SFTP but the platform supports all major data connectors for this. 

HIPAA Compliance and Data Security is HIPAA and SOC 2-compliant, underscoring its commitment to ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive health information. This compliance is critical for businesses handling COBRA eligibility data, providing peace of mind that data is managed in accordance with stringent regulatory requirements.

Getting Started With

Several Employee Benefits admin companies and consultancies leverage to automate their data management processes. For instance, a consultancy firm was able to reduce the time spent on data processing by 50% while eliminating manual errors, significantly improving their service delivery and compliance with regulations.

The team has developed a deep understanding of the file data preparation and compliance requirements in the Employee Benefits space. On average, it takes Employee Benefits companies 1-4 weeks to implement and streamline all their data processes. During this time, an Implementation Specialist works alongside your team to ensure you are meeting your timelines and following best practices. 

Schedule a call with the team to share your requirements and watch a tailored demo of how they can be solved using the platform. 


In the complex and regulation-driven world of employee benefits administration, efficiency, accuracy, and compliance are paramount. offers a powerful solution for automating the ingestion, transformation, and distribution of COBRA eligibility data, streamlining operations, and ensuring that companies can focus on providing exceptional service to their clients. With, businesses can overcome the challenges of data management and pave the way for a more efficient and error-free administration process.

Ready to automate your file data processing? Get started today!