Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Understanding Health Information Privacy

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by medical providers and insurance plans (including Medicaid) and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.  


The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for medical providers and health plans to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.  


    For Members

    For providers of services to Medicaid Members