• Employers Offering Health Benefits Can No Longer Ignore HIPAA
  • November 5, 2009
  • Law Firm: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • If you are an employer offering health insurance to your employees (a Health Plan Sponsor), you know that your group health plan (including any medical, dental, vision and health FSA benefits) is considered a "covered entity" under the HIPAA privacy and security rules. For many of you who are Health Plan Sponsors, HIPAA privacy and security compliance was a one-time event involving a plan amendment, a few changes to vendor agreements, a notice to plan participants and some training. You may even have draft privacy policies somewhere on your desk. [Who even remembers what HIPAA stands for anyway?] Unfortunately, Health Plan Sponsors can no longer ignore HIPAA. [By the way, in case you forgot, HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.]