EBSA Unveils New Health Coverage Web Site

July 21, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Employees with access to workplace health care benefits now have a new information source about the laws and rules governing employer benefit programs.

The US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) said its new interactive Web site can help employees and their families make informed decisions about their health benefits when facing life and work changes such as marriage, childbirth, death, divorce, job loss, new job, or retirement.

Visitors to the site will also learn the specific requirements and rights under laws like the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). .

The new Web site, which can be found at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/ebsa/health   asks employees questions, guiding them through tools and facts about health benefits. 

The Web site gives consumers information about:

  • health coverage under private plans and federal and state programs
  • definitions of key terms
  • links to other resources, including public health plans and state insurance offices nationwide.