Benefit Plan FAQs on COVID-19 Part 4

HIPAA in the Time of Coronavirus

Group health plans and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) should consider the bulletin released by the Department of Health and Human Services (Bulletin) as a reminder that their HIPAA obligations continue to apply even during a public health emergency, such as the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Bulletin reiterates the circumstances under which HIPAA currently permits an individual’s protected health information (PHI) to be used and disclosed in an emergency situation and those circumstances applicable to group health plans are generally discussed below. Plan sponsors may want to review their group health plan’s use and disclosure procedures to confirm these permitted exceptions are correctly included.

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Benefits and Breakfast: Latest Developments in Welfare Plans

Missed last month’s Benefits & Breakfast meeting on the latest developments in welfare plans in Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia? We have you covered!

Listen to recordings for each meeting, where we covered the following topics:

  • New Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Regulations – Will a standalone HRA work for you?
  • Recent Welfare Plan Litigation – Are you prepared to defend a lawsuit based on your current plan documentation and procedures?
  • Privacy – Are changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule in the future? Will new California privacy rules affect you?
  • Health Plan Executive Order – What is coming for HSAs, FSAs, and health care price transparency initiatives?

Recordings: Chicago | Los Angeles | Philadelphia