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Issue Brief

HIPAA Hybrid Entity Coverage Assessments

February 27, 2019


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 (HIPAA), covers most health departments at the state and local levels. This issue brief aids public health practitioners and their attorneys to better understand how HIPAA applies to services a health department may provide, options for coverage under HIPAA, and how these decisions directly impact data sharing, compliance burden and risk.