Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

This is a federal law. It limits rules a group health plan can place on benefits for pre-existing health problems. It was passed to give people access to quality health care coverage when they switch jobs. This law does not let group health plans charge higher rates because of a person’s prior health status. It can also limit rules on some individual health plans. The law also helps protect private health information. It sets national standards for handling private health records.

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