Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:Payors in the U.S. Health Care System
Slide content:Federal Regulation of Private Health Insurance - 3 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 1996 Amendment to ERISA Defines protected health information and helps ensure its privacy Protects participants in group health plans 24
Slide notes:Most people are familiar with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, because of the notices required with visits to a health care provider. The most publicized part of HIPAA protects the privacy of patient information. Lesser-known HIPAA provisions are just as important. HIPAA gives employees and their families access to group insurance regardless of their health status, such as previous claims experience or knowledge of genetic disease. For many employees who lose insurance coverage, it provides opportunities to join other group plans or buy individual insurance. 24