Medical Assets: The Government and Your Healthcare Records

In this issue we are examining the most sensitive of asset information: health records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), signed into law by President Clinton, was put in action to maintain the privacy and veracity of a person’s personal health conditions. Now, twenty years later, I’m finding databases where data is purchasable via a health credit check company provider. Though HIPPA is a federal law, it is up to the states to enforce action. How secure are records, and what ways are they available to somebody seeking them?

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