What Are My Rights Under HIPAA?

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HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is an act that allows anyone the opportunity of looking at and copying their own medical records. Check the HIPAA Act to determine the maximum charge for copying medical records with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You may have recently sought health care or attention for a malady, infirmity, or disease process and you'd like to see your records, and you've heard about this thing called HIPAA. What is HIPAA? Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question "What are my rights under HIPAA?" Well first of all, HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It was an act legislated by Congress in 1996, and generally speaking, it allows anyone the opportunity of looking and copying their own medical records. Now you may still be charged for that copying of your medical records, and while the HIPAA Act does prevent your being overcharged, it does allow the health care provider or entity to charge you. So you may want to check the actual HIPAA Act to determine what the maximum amount that can be charged by a given health care provider or entity. But generally speaking it's designed to protect your records from disclosure to others. And generally when you obtain health care or attention from a health care provider or entity, they will provide you with a HIPAA form that gives you a basic explanation of your rights and obligations under the HIPAA Act, and read it before you sign it. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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