From the Law Library: October 2012

  • Searching the Internet for information on “employee benefits,” ERISA or “health care reform” can produce millions of hits. Here are some reliable sites. 

    To obtain primary statutory and administrative law visit the Federal Digital System. Users can research legislation in bill, public law or codified format, and also can search regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register. 

    Visit FindLaw to search case law. The search box on this page allows selection of a court and a topic. Available choices include ERISA and Health Law. The search result list provides links to case summaries full text. 

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) site provides pertinent information. Users can link to DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Links to statutory and regulatory law, compliance assistance, news, technical guidance and forms abound. PBGC also links to relevant case law.

    Check out the commercial site, BenefitsLink.com. The home page states, “Every day we link you to the freshest news, analysis, opinions and government documents about employee benefit plans.” The site, launched in 1995, provides links to conferences, seminars and webcasts. 

    Connect to BlawgSearch to gain access to blawgs discussing employee benefits and health care. Users may browse subject specific blawgs by popularity, last posting date or alphabetically by name. Additionally, Justia’s BlawgSearch search engine provides a search box for term searching.

    The American Bar Association also directs users to subject specific blawgs such as Benefits/ERISA and Health Law. Blawgs also are organized under author type (consultant, judge, law professor), region (circuit courts, states) and law schools.

    Information managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focuses on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148. Featured tabs include “Get Help Using Insurance,” “The Health Care Law and You” and “Comparing Care Providers.”

    Check HealthReform.gov to review the government’s archival site on health care reform. This site contains reports issued by the White House, speeches given by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and blog posts written by the President’s administration. Access to video chats and a time-line of events provide further historical information on the issue of health care reform.

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