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Time for health plans to comply with HIPAA privacy rules

Effective April 14, 2004, the privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) generally apply to all health plans, including small plans with annual receipts under $5,000,000.

What is a health plan?

A health plan is any insured or self-insured plan that provides medical care. Examples of health plans include major medical plan......

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Plan must mitigate any violation of privacy procedures to the extent possible;

Plan must refrain from retaliatory or intimidating acts against persons who exercise their privacy rights under HIPAA;

Plan may not require people to waive their HIPAA rights in order to apply for benefits under the plan;
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'"/> By Susan J. Erickson and Brian L. Anderson 03/17/04

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