The Employee Benefits Security Administration offers more information on ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA. The following booklets, available online may be particularly useful:
Health Benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
What You Should Know About Your Retirement Plan
Protect Your Pension: A Quick Reference Guide
Work Changes Require Health Choices... Protect Your Rights:
For hard copies of the above publications, please call our toll free publications hotline: (866) 444-EBSA (3272).
For specific questions pertaining to your rights to pension or health benefits under COBRA, HIPAA or ERISA, contact the EBSA at (866) 444-EBSA (3272).”
You can find information on health insurance coverage, patient assistance programs, and prescription drug assistance at the sites below.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a comprehensive directory of divisions and offices as well as a prescription drug program for seniors and health care coverage for children.
The North Carolina Association of Free Clinics includes a directory of health care clinics throughout N.C. to assist the uninsured or underinsured.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield website provides information about the types of health insurance plans including the state's qualified plan, Blue Advantage.
ehealthinsurance.com lets you competitively shop for individual health insurance plans from reputable insurance carriers.
Health Coverage Tax Credit Workers that have loss their job due to foreign competition may qualify for a health coverage tax credit of 65% of their health insurance premium. Retired workers that are in receipt of pension through the pension benefits guarantee corporation may qualify for a tax credit as well.
PHRMA designed to help you find patient assistant programs for which you may qualify.
RxHope.com assists with completing paperwork; sends to the drug company, drug company mails the medication to the patient or physician. No service fee required.
TRICARE Military Health Plan provides prescription drugs for military retirees.
Free Medicine Program helps patients obtain medications free-of-charge.
Free Medicine Foundation assists patients with obtaining medications free-of-charge.
NeedyMeds.com website is designed to provide information about patient assistance programs which provide no cost prescription medications to eligible participants.