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Health & Welfare -  Privacy and HIPAA

The Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) became effective April 14, 2003. The Privacy Rule is designed to protect individually identifiable health information and also grants certain rights to individuals with respect to their own health information.  Please review the Health & Welfare Fund's Notice of Privacy Practices which details your rights and how the Plan uses and discloses your health information.  The Administrative Office may only release a minimum amount of information to family members and must also verify the identity of the person with whom they are dealing.

Your Rights Regarding Your Health Information

The Health & Welfare Fund's Notice of Privacy Practices explains in detail your right to: request restrictions, to inspect and/or copy your health information, to amend your health information, an accounting of disclosures of your health information, a paper copy of the notice of privacy practices, and the right to request confidential communications.

If you feel the disclosure of your health information could endanger you, you may submit a Request for Confidential Communications to the Privacy Contact Person listed on the form. 

Verifying Identity

Whether in person or on the phone, HIPAA requires that the Trust take some reasonable measures to verify identity of the person with whom they are talking.  If you visit in person and the H&W representative does not know you, you will be asked to present some form of picture identification.  If you call on the phone, the H&W representative will ask several questions to verify your identity, such as your social security number, mailing address, etc.

Using/Disclosing the Minimum Necessary

The Administrative Office may discuss payment of an individual’s health claims with a spouse but we will disclose only the minimum amount of health information necessary to facilitate the matter at hand.  For example, if you check on the status of your spouse’s claim, after verifying your identity we will ask you for the date of service, the provider, and your spouse’s social security number.  We will inform you whether the claim has been paid or if any additional information is needed.  We will not discuss diagnosis, treatment, or complete claims history.  If you would like your spouse, or another individual, to have access to your health information, you may submit an Authorization to Use of Disclose Health Information to the Privacy Contact Person listed on the form.  



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