Health Insurance Portability

October 13, 2010

 

Also known as the Kassebaum-Kennedy Act or HIPAA, this law guarantees the availability of health insurance coverage for certain employees and individuals, and limits the use of preexisting condition exclusions for both insured and self-insured ERISA plans.Regulations are written and currently being implemented. The privacy sign off is being done in all health/dental care practices across the country. The only drawback has been Medicaid's requirement that services cannot begin unless a person's insurance eligibility has been identified particularly under HCBS waiver services.