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
Health Benefits Education
The Department of Labor's Health Benefits Education Campaign focuses on life and work events, such as marriage, childbirth, job loss, or retirement, and how they affect employees' health benefit choices. The Campaign partners with 70 public and private organizations including business, consumer, and labor groups to develop new educational tools and strategies for workers and their families. The Department has developed a number of educational materials that it distributes through the Campaign's partners as well as through a toll-free publication telephone line, 1-800-998-7542, and on the Department's Web site. The Campaign provides both consumer information on health plans and compliance assistance for employers, third party administrators, insurers, and other plan service providers. The Campaign's message is that information is key know your benefits rights.
Consumer Information on
Provides fact sheets, booklets, and other health plan information from the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).
Provides publications and other materials to assist employers and employee benefit plan practitioners in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for the administration of pension and health plans.
Top 10 Ways to
Make Your Health Benefits Work for You (Español)
Provides ten tips to help make your health benefits work better for you.
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 plan. This publication provides a detailed overview of the law.
Notice of Changes Under HIPAA to COBRA Continuation Coverage Under Group Health
Explains the changes that were made to COBRA under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Compliance Assistance Guide:
Health Benefits Under Federal Law
Provides 10 key compliance considerations for group health plans.
Questions & Answers on
the HIPAA Nondiscrimination Requirements
Provides answers to commonly asked questions about the HIPAA nondiscrimination requirements.
Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998: Questions & Answers
Provides general guidance about the Womens Health Act provisions that amend ERISA.
Women's Health &
Cancer Rights Act of 1998: Questions & Answers Annual Notice
Provides general guidance about the enrollment and annual notice requirements under the provisions of WHCRA that amend ERISA.
Bankruptcy: How Will it Affect Your Employee Benefits?
Provides information about bankruptcys effect on pension plans and group health plans.
& Welfare Brief: Can the Retiree Health Benefits Provided by Your Employer
Provides retirees and current employees with tips for checking the documents that govern health care coverage during retirement.
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.
How to File a
Claim for Your Health and Disability Benefits
Provides advice to participants about how to file a claim for benefits and what to do if the claim is denied.
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.