Health Plans & Benefits
- Child Care Assistance
- Compliance Assistance
- Consumer Information on Health Plans
- Continuation of Health Coverage (COBRA)
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Fiduciary Responsibilities
- Health Benefits Education
- Mental Health Benefits
- Newborns' & Mothers' Protections (Newborns' Act)
- Participant Rights
- Plan Information
- Portability of Health Coverage (HIPAA)
- Womens' Health & Cancer Rights Protections
Consumer Information on Health Plans
The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) provides a Web page dedicated to consumer information on health plans to provide health plan participants and their beneficiaries with information on their rights under the federal health benefits law with respect to their job-based plans. The information ranges from general information on the law to numerous specific issues.
Consolidated Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
Provides a brief overview of COBRA.
Fact Sheet: The Health
Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
HIPAA offers protections for millions of American workers for portability and continuity of health insurance coverage. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the law.
Claim for Your Retirement Benefits
Provides advice to participants about how to file a claim for benefits and what to do if the claim is denied.
Frequently Asked Questions
for Reservists Being Called to Active Duty Related to their Pension and Health
Provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about pension and health benefits by National Guard and reserve members being called to active duty as a result of the events of September 11, 2001.
General Facts on Women
& Job Based Health Benefits
Provides data on women and job-based health benefits.
An Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under
COBRA gives workers and their family members who lose their health benefits in certain circumstances the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their health plan. This publication provides a detailed overview of the law.
Your Health Plan and HIPAA ... Making the Law Work for You
Provides information about major provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act.
Obtain Employee Benefit Plan Documents from the Department of
Describes the documents and materials available through the EBSA public disclosure room and how you can obtain the documents from them.
Life Events Impact Health
Provides a brief description of federal laws that may protect your health care rights following key life events such as marriage or retirement.
Mental Health Parity Act
The MHPA generally requires that annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits be no lower than any such dollar limits for medical and surgical benefits offered by a group health plan or health insurance issuer offering coverage in connection with a group health plan. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the law.
and Welfare Brief: Can the Retiree Health Benefits Provided by Your Employer Be
Provides retirees and current employees with tips for checking the documents that govern health care coverage during retirement.
Protections for Newborns, Adopted
Children, and New Parents - the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act
The Newborns and Mothers Health Protection Act generally requires plans that offer maternity coverage to pay for at least a 48-hour hospital stay following childbirth (96-hour stay in the case of a cesarean section). This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the law.
Pension and Health Care Benefits After Job Loss
Provides a brief description of your rights under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) if you experience job termination or reduction in hours.
Answers for Dislocated Workers
Provides answers to commonly asked questions by dislocated workers about their pension and health benefits.
Top 10 Ways to
Make Your Health Benefits Work for You (Español)
Provides 10 tips to help make your health benefits work better for you.
Workers' Right to Health
Provides a brief overview of your right to health plan information under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Bankruptcy: How Will it Affect Your Employee Benefits?
Provides information about bankruptcys effect on pension plans and group health plans.
Your Rights After A
Mastectomy...Women's Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998
Provides questions and answers designed to clarify a womans basic WHCRA rights.