Hsm230 Law Profile Paper

Law Profile Paper
By Tabatha Torralballa
November 14, 2010

In this paper, I will be discussing a current or proposed law that impacts the delivery of human services. This current law is known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or better known as the HIPPA law. I will also be discussing what reliable resources are available to learn about the implications of this law, what is the purpose or rationale of the law, how will the law affect day-to-day operations within human service organizations, what are the arguments for or against the law and what are the potential ramifications to clients and the organization if the law is not followed.
There is a vast amount of reliable resources available to learn about the implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or the HIPPA law. One, in particular, is going through the human resources department of where one works. The human resources department can provide all the information needed to determine if there is a violation or if someone is in violation of the privacy of certain information.  
HIPAA touches on the privacy issue in many ways such as the routine doctor’s office visits, the pharmacy prescription refills, the messages left on voice mail systems to a patient from their physician, and reminder cards received in the mail. This is a list of how the HIPPA law affects the day-to-day situations: Limiting exclusions for preexisting medical conditions (known as preexisting conditions),   providing credit against maximum preexisting condition, exclusion periods for prior health coverage and a process for providing certificates showing periods of prior coverage to a new group health plan or health insurance issuer, providing new rights that allow individuals to enroll for   health coverage when they lose other health coverage, get   married or add a new dependent, prohibiting discrimination in enrollment and in premiums charged to employees and their...