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Frequently asked questions about COBRA

If you have recently left a job where you were covered under a group health plan, then you likely received some paperwork or other notice about COBRA continuation health coverage. COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act and some people may have questions about what COBRA can offer them.

Protect your benefits in Texas

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act is one that many people won't be familiar with. This plan is often part of your work benefits, and it's something you should familiarize yourself with. ERISA, as the act is better known, was enacted in 1974 and became one of the primary ways of regulating employee retirement benefits and pension plans.

What's ERISA?

If you're like many people in Texas who have only started looking into pensions and retirement plans recently, you may be overwhelmed with information. When you see ERISA written, you simply ask, "What is that?" This is a good question, because ERISA does a lot to protect your funds and your future.

Let ERISA protect your retirement funds in Texas

You may be thinking about starting a retirement account through work in Texas, but do you know if it's protected? Fortunately, the answer is simple. ERISA, also known as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, has been in effect since the year 1974. Its purpose is to regulate the pension plans of employees and to help regulate certain other benefits.

ERISA and your rights in Texas

As an employee in Texas, you may have started putting money away into a retirement account. How that money is protected may not have been explained to you, but it should have been. You are protected by law in many situations, so you shouldn't have to worry about losing the money you have saved. If you're confused about your rights or want to learn more about how you can seek help with your retirement fund, you may want to seek help from someone familiar with the legal process.

Government employees across America facing pension cuts

A recent budget agreement under consideration by the federal government involves the growing trend of reducing pensions in order to gain revenue. Governments at the local, state and federal level have all been introducing budgets that trim pension benefits in an attempt to correct funding issues that resulted from the financial crisis and fiscal mismanagement. In general, the decrease in employee pension plans has only targeted government workers that were recently hired. However, as the practice continues, even workers that have already been promised a pension may have cause for concern.

Church plan pensioners may lack retirement security

Many Texas pensioners can rest assured that their pensions are protected by federal law. The majority of private-sector retirement plans are governed by the federal Employment Retirement Security Act, under which employers have to honor their obligations to pension plans as well as insure them. However, there is one significant exception to ERISA protections.

Supreme Court decides significant ERISA case

Many Texas residents have health insurance through an employer plan, and these plans are often governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Such health plans typically cover any medical expenses that a policyholder incurrs if injured due to another person's negligence.

Can an employer change a disability plan once you've made a claim?

Many workers in San Antonio are covered by a variety of insurance plans through their employers. People are often less familiar with the terms of their disability plans than their other insurance plans because many people never make disability claims. This is because this type of insurance is there only as a safety net, so that people will still have an income should they become disabled prior to retirement.