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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

The information contained herein for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) under the TennCare Web site is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace HIPAA regulations set forth by law and publicly made available by the United States Government Printing Office.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, was passed into law in August of 1996. Its primary focus was to protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they changed or lost their jobs.

The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II) require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. Adopting these standards will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in health care.

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