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What is HIPAA?

What is HIPAA? HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was signed into law in 1996. The original goal was to protect people with pre-existing illnesses from losing health insurance when they changed jobs, as well as to standardize electronic filing and availability of information in order to cut down on paperwork. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added several rules to explain how it is carried out because Congress failed to do so. HHS estimates that compliance... more