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.
DOL Web Pages on This
Consumer Information on
Provides fact sheets, booklets, and other health plan
information from the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration
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.
Require Health Choices (Español)
Provides information on
making health care decisions when your work life changes.
Require Health Choices (Español)
Provides guidance on
making health benefit decisions following key life events such as marriage or
the birth or adoption of a child.
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.
Health Benefits Under the
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) (PDF)
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 for
Group Health Plans: HIPAA and Other Recent Health Care Laws
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
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?
information about bankruptcys effect on pension plans and group health
& 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.
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 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.