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HIPAA Rights Protect You

December 10, 2020

From the TRICARE East Newsletter

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established national standards to protect patient health information. HIPAA requires providers to inform patients of privacy standards and their rights when it comes to their protected health information.

Health plans and covered health care providers must develop and distribute a Notice of Privacy Practices (NoPP) that provides a clear explanation of these rights and practices. The NoPP makes you aware of privacy issues and concerns, encourages you to exercise your rights, and prompts you to have discussions with your health care plan administrators and health care providers.

The Military Health System (MHS) NoPP explains:

• How the MHS will use your protected health information (PHI)

• When and where the MHS may disclose your PHI

• How to limit where the MHS will disclose your PHI

• How the MHS will protect your PHI

You can read the NoPP online in several languages at It’s also available in paper copy at your military hospital or clinic. You may ask for a copy at your next appointment or call and request a mailed copy.

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