HIPAA – Heatlh Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996
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HIPAA, is a Law that followed COBRA in 1996, and is a further “expansion of COBRA”; however, it deals mainly with the issue of health coverage portability (i.e. the ability of an insured who has exhausted COBRA extended benefits, to then be able to obtain replacement, non-Group coverage, but on a guaranteed issue basis, and regardless of negative health history). Additionally, its provisions apply to all sized Groups including not only 2-19 (as in the Cal-COBRA provisions), or 20-50 (as in the Federal COBRA provisions) and where 2-50 are defined in CA as “small Groups”, but to ALL Groups sized 2 or more employees.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has an online resource called the “elaws – Health Benefits Advisor” (see link below) where employers can more fully understand and learn how to better comply with the requirements of COBRA & HIPAA. COBRA & HIPAA Laws are subject to regular amendments; therefore, for the most up to date information please refer to the following online resources and your own counsel:
- Overview of HIPAA and COBRA, see IRS Notice 98-12: http://www.irs.gov
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