|Definition||:||Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996|
|Category||:||Governmental » Law & Legal|
What does HIPAA mean?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. HIPPA is the first comprehensive Federal protection for the privacy of personal health information. The primary goal of the law is to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information and help the healthcare industry control administrative costs.