HIPAA Regulations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191) was enacted as part of a broad Congressional attempt at incremental health care reform. Having its roots in health care reform proposals of the early 90's, the primary intent of HIPAA is to provide better access to health insurance, limit fraud and abuse, and reduce administrative costs.

As required by Congress in HIPAA, the standards cover health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers who conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically. The HIPAA required health care standards are:

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