Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
1. HIPAA health insurance portability --- HIPAA makes health insurance portable by providing rights in three circumstances:
• When you leave a job where you had group health plan coverage, and move to another job with group health plan coverage. (This also applies if you are covered as a dependent of the person who changes jobs.)
• You lose group health plan coverage, you meet the definition of a HIPAA eligible individual and you wish to purchase individual health insurance coverage. (For more information on a HIPAA eligible individual, go to CMS Webpage, Health Insurance Reform for Consumers http://www.cms.gov/HealthInsReformforConsume/, scroll down to the Downloads, select “HIPAA Eligibility Criteria for Individual Coverage”.)
• You have individual health insurance coverage or any other type of creditable coverage, and you enroll in a new group health plan.
Centers for Medicare - Medicaid Services: US federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers
Sources: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services