What is HIPAA? How does this privacy law affect my family’s access to my health information if I become incapacitated?

HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.” HIPAA is a federal law that imposes privacy rules on your medical providers.

HIPAA’s rules can restrict your family’s access to your health information and records when you are ill or disabled. This lack of access can hurt their ability to advocate for your healthcare.

Fortunately, you can prepare releases to give your loved ones limited or full access to your healthcare information.

Our firm’s Power of Attorney and Patient Advocate Designations can give trusted individuals access to your health information, if you become incapacitated. And we can prepare other HIPAA releases to protect your intent regarding healthcare information sharing.

To learn more about HIPAA and healthcare decision-making, ask one of our estate planning experts.