PRC Launches California Medical Privacy Microsite

What are your rights to medical privacy? As it turns out, that is not a simple question to answer. Chances are, you've heard of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It is a federal law that sets a national baseline standard for the privacy of individually identifiable health information.

But HIPAA only applies to health care providers that conduct certain transactions electronically, health plans, and health care clearinghouses. A great deal of personal medical information exists that is not maintained by HIPAA “covered entities.” An example would be personal medical information provided voluntarily when one participates in an online chat forum for individuals with a specific ailment.

Fortunately for individuals who live in California, state law provides additional medical privacy protections. The PRC has launched a microsite dedicated solely to medical privacy in California.

Sample Letter to Request Medical Records

Sample letter: request medical records as allowed by HIPAA.

 

 

 

 

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Date]

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Keep Prescription Information Private

Sample letter to a pharmacy requesting medical information be kept private and not sold to marketers or pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

Date

Your Name
Mailing Address
City, State, Zip

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