Health Care and Insurance

healthcare_savings2Health & Medical Resources from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse include consumer guides, quick tips and other articles.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was passed by Congress in 1996. The privacy provisions of HIPPA, called the HIPAA Privacy Rule, apply to health information created or maintained by health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers who engage in certain electronic transactions. These resources provide more details about what the HIPAA Privacy Rule does and doesn't cover.

  • Health Privacy: HIPAA Basics from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse—This fact sheet explains the complex provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. It covers the high and low points regarding an individual's health privacy.
  • Health Privacy Outside the Healthcare Environment from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse—This fact sheet provides information on medical records not covered by the HIPAA privacy rule.
  • Protecting Your Privacy & Security from—Provides a description of your medical privacy rights, how your health information should be protected and how you can protect your health information.
  • Health Information Privacy from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services—This site has fact sheets, general background information on the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and HIPAA Regulations and Standards. provides a guide to understanding and managing your personal health information. This is an information site provided by the American Health Information Management Association.

Protecting Yourself is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with information about health fraud, safety alerts, recalls, and tips for buying medications and medical devices online.

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