Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

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Health Insurance Por·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty and Accountability Act | \ -ˌpȯrt-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē-ənd-ə-ˌkau̇nt-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē- How to pronounce Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (audio) \

Medical Definition of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

: a federal law enacted in 1996 that protects continuity of health coverage when a person changes or loses a job, that limits health-plan exclusions for preexisting medical conditions, that requires that patient medical information be kept private and secure, that standardizes electronic transactions involving health information, and that permits tax deduction of health insurance premiums by the self-employed abbreviation HIPAA

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“Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Health%20Insurance%20Portability%20and%20Accountability%20Act. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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