Administrative Information
 

Privacy of Health Information

HIPAA Privacy Rights: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) prohibits the unauthorized use or dissemination of your medical records by the Company, Plan administrators, insurance companies, or health care providers.

Under the HIPAA regulations, your personal medical records may be used for health purposes only. This means that:

  • Your medical records may not be used by the Company for employment, personnel, or other non-health related reasons without your written consent;
  • Your medical records may not be disclosed without your written consent (except to the extent required by physicians and other health care providers to provide treatment);
  • You have the right to inspect your own health care information, and request changes if you believe the information is inaccurate; and
  • You have the right to restrict the use and disclosure of your own health care information.

Privacy of Genetic Information: The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits the unauthorized use or dissemination of genetic information (including results from or information about genetic tests or services) by the Company, Plan administrators, insurance companies, or health care providers.

Under GINA, your genetic information may be disclosed only if you consent to this disclosure in writing.

You can contact the Human Resources Department for a more complete description of your HIPAA and GINA health information privacy rights. You can also contact a Member Specialist if you have any questions concerning these rights. See “Introduction” for each Plan’s phone number.