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An arm of the U.S. Department of Labor has added information about employee whistleblowing to the top of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act website.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration developed the PPACA site to offer employers and brokers regulatory and guidance help.

EBSA now mentions whistleblowing, telling consumers where to go for help aimed at workers.

The agency has provided a link to a general PPACA group health consumer information page for years.

The navigation paragraph now includes a sentence stating, “The Affordable Care Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report violations of the act’s health insurance reforms, found in Title I of the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit”

PPACA Title I includes the provisions of the law that created the new public health insurance exchange system and imposed many new requirements on health insurance.

Provisions in the title eliminated annual and lifetime benefits limits, created the summary of benefits and coverage notices, eliminated insurers’ ability to use personal health information other than age and wellness program participation in underwriting, and established the penalties to be imposed on many individuals who own “minimum essential coverage” and on many employers that fail to offer affordable MEC to employees.

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