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  • Portability of Health Coverage (HIPAA)

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law provides rights and protections for participants and beneficiaries in group health plans. It 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Health And Retirement Benefits Coverage Information For Reservists

    Information from the United States Department of Labor providing questions and answers for reservists about their rights protecting their retirement benefits and the health benefit options available to their family members to maintain health coverage during the time of active duty. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Women's Health and Cancer Rights Protections

    Information from the United States Department of Labor about health care plan coverage for women who have breast cancer and are considering a mastectomy. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Your Rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights (USERRA)

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act which protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Coverage for Young Adults

    Information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the Affordable Care Act provisions that allow young adults to stay on their parents' health care plan until age 26. Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Health Privacy: A Fact Sheet for Pennsylvania Consumers

    Information from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department on your right to privacy in health information collected on applications from filing claims, and during other insurance transactions. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Insurance Department
  • How to Obtain Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services in Pennsylvania

    Booklet from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project explaining how to obtain Mental Health Services and Drug & Alcohol Services under various programs in Pennsylvania. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • If You're Self Employed

    Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration for people who are self-employed regarding paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, earning credits, calculating net earnings, and more. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Legal Briefs: I've lost my job. Now what?

    Information discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the February 27, 2009 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. Features some common questions and some tips on navigating through filing for unemployment compensation and continuing to receive health care benefits through COBRA. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • MAWD or Marketplace? - What Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Need to Know About Choosing Health Insurance Coverage

    Information on the selection of medical insurance by persons eligible for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD). Today, people with serious health issues and persons with disabilities who are working or may be able to work, can choose between Marketplace health insurance and MAWD. Includes eligibility requirements for each program, how to apply and highlights factors to consider when choosing coverage. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Newborns and Mother Protection (Newborn's Act)

    Information from the United States Department of Labor about maternity and newborn coverage in health care plans. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Retirement Plans-Benefits & Savings

    Information from the United States Department of Labor regarding retirement plans offered by your employer. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Termination

    If you've lost your job, you have certain rights, such as the right to continue your health care coverage and, in some cases, the right to unemployment compensation. Here is information from the U.S. Department of Labor about your rights when you are terminated from your employment. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Your Employer's Bankruptcy - How Will It Affect Your Employee Benefits?

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on how your retirement and health benefits might be affected when your employer files for bankruptcy. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor