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HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires DSHS to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and security and privacy of health data. Adopting these standards improves the effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the use of electronic data interchange in health care.

HIPAA standards are less stringent than the state law confidentiality requirements for child welfare services. Individuals adhering to these standards already meet HIPAA requirements and no additional action is required of foster parents or relative caregivers.

If you are experiencing difficulty receiving medical information as health care providers struggle to comply with HIPAA requirements, contact the assigned worker or your Regional Foster Parent Liaison.