Research Report Health Insurance Benefits Protection for Employees with Disabilities
The Role of the Family and Medical Leave Act
Pamela J. Loprest, Elaine Maag
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Workers experiencing serious health problems that temporarily make continuing work difficult face not only loss of earnings, but potentially loss of health insurance coverage. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), passed in 1993, helps to mitigate these losses by mandating employers provide temporary unpaid leave, continuation of health benefits during the leave, and the right to return to work in the same or similar job for eligible workers. This paper reviews earlier research with respect to how important a role health insurance continuation under the FMLA is for employees with disabilities.
Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net
Tags Health insurance Welfare and safety net programs Disability and long-term care
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center