PWBA Rolls Out Post-Attack Web Resource

October 12, 2001 ( - Those facing the loss of health benefits from September's terrorist attacks looking for their options will now find it easier to get answers from the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA).

The Labor Department’s PWBA is providing information through a toll-free number and its Web site on issues such as how workers can continue health coverage. 

One option is through special enrollment in another employment-based group plan.  For example, those who lost coverage as a result of the death of a spouse or job loss may be able to enroll in a plan offered through his/her own employer.

To qualify, an individual must request the special enrollment within 30 days of losing coverage.  While employers and plan sponsors have the flexibility to extend the option for more than 30 days, they are not required to do so.

To better understand the options for maintaining health coverage in these circumstances, visit the DoL’s Web site and read:

  • Questions & Answers for Employee Benefit Plan Participants and Beneficiaries Related to the Events of September 11
  • Pension and Health Coverage Questions and Answers for Dislocated Workers

Read more at the Department of Labor’s Web site.