HIPAA Overview

The Plan will comply with the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under these standards, the Plan will protect the privacy of individually identifiable health information and will block or limit the disclosure of this information to the Trustees, Employers, the Union, your family members, service providers or third parties. Protected health information will only be disclosed to the extent authorized by the patient; as necessary for the administration of the Plan, including the review and payment of claims and the determination of appeals; or as otherwise authorized or required by law. The Plan has adopted certain written rules and policies to ensure that with regard to its use, disclosure and maintenance of protected health information, it complies with applicable law.

You may authorize the disclosure of your protected health information to third parties by signing a written authorization and submitting it to the Benefits Office. You may also cancel any previous written authorization you have provided the Plan by submitting a written cancellation of authorization to the Benefits Office. You may request these forms from the Benefits Office.

The Plan has provided participants with a Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information. If you need a copy of the notice or would like additional information about the Plan’s use and disclosure of protected health information or your rights with regard to this information, you may request a copy of the notice from the Benefits Office.