In 1996, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Title I of the Act provides portability of coverage for workers who change jobs. Title II of the Act requires that all health transactions are kept private. This includes the IU13 health plans:
- Employee Dental Care Plan
- Health Care Reimbursement Plan
- Employee Health & Wellness Plan
- Employee Assistance Plan (jointly and severally, the “Plan”)
Employees of the IU13 are eligible to participate in one or more of the Plans. In accordance with the provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), and the Standards adopted by the federal government pursuant to HIPAA, each Plan is required to provide to its enrollees a notice detailing how the Plan uses and discloses the individually identifiable health information about its enrollees which the Plan acquires, and to notify enrollees of the Plan’s legal duties with respect to that protected health information (PHI). The law also requires that we request confirmation of receipt of our notice of the foregoing.
View the Plans’ Notice of Privacy Practices, which is applicable to each of the above Plans. The Notice details how and why the Plan may use PHI that the Plan acquires, and legal rights with respect to the Plan’s use and disclosure of that information. The Plans have always treated medical information with the highest degree of confidentiality, and have used that information only in connection with treatment, payment and health care operations, so there will be little practical change in Plan procedures.