HR Management & Compliance

News Notes: Help On New Health Insurance Laws Available

Several federal laws affecting employee health benefits were added last year, including the Health Insurance Portability Act, the Mental Health Parity Act and the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act. To help clear the confusion about these complex regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a booklet that answers some of the most common questions employers and employees are asking. For example, it addresses the length of maternity hospital stays and how long preexisting conditions can be excluded from group health plans. For a free copy of “Questions and Answers: Recent Changes in Health Care Law,” call (202) 219-8921.

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