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
Portability of Health Coverage (HIPAA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides rights and protections for participants and beneficiaries in group health plans. HIPAA includes protections for coverage under group health plans that limit exclusions for preexisting conditions; prohibit discrimination against employees and dependents based on their health status; and allow a special opportunity to enroll in a new plan to individuals in certain circumstances. HIPAA may also give you a right to purchase individual coverage if you have no group health plan coverage available, and have exhausted COBRA or other continuation coverage.
Answers: Portability of Health Coverage (HIPAA)
Provides answers to commonly asked questions about HIPAA.
The Health Insurance
Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Provides a brief overview of HIPAA.
Compliance Assistance Guide:
Health Benefits Under Federal Law
Assists in complying with 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.
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.
Your Health Plan and HIPAA ... Making the Law Work for You
Provides information about major provisions of HIPAA, the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act.
Bankruptcy: How Will it Affect Your Employee Benefits?
Provides information on bankruptcys effect on pension plans and group health plans.
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.
Pension & Health
Care Coverage...Questions & 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
for Participants & Beneficiaries Related to the Events of September
Provides answers to the most frequently asked questions by workers and their families whose pension and/or health plan benefits have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
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.