What Is the HIPAA Law?

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The HIPAA law refers to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Discover how to HIPAA law is designed to afford everyone the opportunity of looking at their own medical records with legal advice from a certified family mediator in this free video on laws and the court.

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You may have recently received health insurance treatment for an injury or disease or malady, and you are interested in looking at your records, but you don't know how to go about getting them or seeing them. And you've heard something about this Hippa. Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question, what is the Hippa Law? The Hippa Law stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is designed to afford everyone the opportunity of looking at his or her own medical records, while at the same time, providing that person with a degree of confidentiality which prevents just anyone from looking at their individual health and medical records. It is a Federal law, and it covers all 50 states. It is a law that is generally explained to a patient when the seek health services from a health care provider for the first time, and they are provided a form. We strongly recommend that you read that form before you sign it, and that you retain a copy, because it will explain your rights and obligations under the Hippa Law. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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