Washington, D.C. - The U. S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced a new interactive resource Web site for employers in complying with the various federal health benefit laws. The Health Benefits Advisor is designed to help employers and other plan officials understand their responsibilities in operating group health plans. Private-sector employers can obtain guidance about operating their group health plans. The site provides benefit professionals with an overview of certain federal laws, such as COBRA, HIPAA, the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, all of which affect health insurance. Employees can also visit the site to learn more about their rights and options pertaining to health coverage provided by a private-sector employer. The online resource also offers general advice to workers undergoing life changes, such as marriage, childbirth, job loss and retirement. The site does not offer information, however, on an employee's specific plan or health plans provided by federal, state or local governments and churches. Source: U.S. Newswire, Employee Benefits News

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