Health & Welfare
Health & Welfare -
Privacy and HIPAA
The Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability &
Accountability Act (HIPAA) became effective April 14, 2003. The Privacy Rule is designed to protect individually identifiable
health information and also grants certain
individuals with respect to their own health information.
Please review the Health &
Notice of Privacy
Practices which details your rights and how the Plan uses
and discloses your health information. The Administrative
Office may only
minimum amount of
information to family members and must also
identity of the person with whom they are dealing.
Regarding Your Health Information
The Health & Welfare Fund's
Notice of Privacy
Practices explains in detail your right to: request
restrictions, to inspect and/or copy your health information, to
amend your health information, an accounting of disclosures of your
health information, a paper copy of the notice of privacy practices,
and the right to request confidential communications.
If you feel the disclosure of your health information could
endanger you, you may submit a
Request for Confidential
Communications to the Privacy Contact Person listed on
in person or on the phone, HIPAA requires that the Trust take some
reasonable measures to verify identity of the person with whom they
are talking. If you visit in person and the H&W representative does
not know you, you will be asked to present some form of picture
identification. If you call on the phone, the H&W representative
will ask several questions to verify your identity, such as your
social security number, mailing address, etc.
the Minimum Necessary
may discuss payment of an individual’s health claims with a spouse
but we will disclose only the minimum amount of health information
necessary to facilitate the matter at hand. For example, if you
check on the status of your spouse’s claim, after verifying your
identity we will ask you for the date of service, the provider, and
your spouse’s social security number. We will inform you whether
the claim has been paid or if any additional information is needed.
We will not discuss diagnosis, treatment, or complete claims
you would like your spouse, or another individual, to have access to
your health information, you may submit an
Authorization to Use of
Disclose Health Information
to the Privacy Contact Person listed on the form.