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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

Delve into one of the legislation issues listed below regarding compensation issues:
- Workers' Compensation
- Social Security Act
- Unemployment Insurance
- Welfare and pension Plan Disclosure Act
- The Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Act
- Trade Act
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act
- Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendment Act
- Job Training Partnership Act
- Retirement Equity Act
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
- Workforce Investment Act

Mini Research Project should be between two and four pages and include the history of the Act, why it was created, how it has influenced the area of Human Resources, and what the future holds in this area (i.e., are there plans to change this act, is there legislation pending that might affect this act, etc.). How has this act affected the employer? How has it affected the employee? Do you agree that this act was necessary? Why, or why not? Use specific examples to support your answers.

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Step 1

The selected legislation is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The history of this act is that on August 1996, the Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. On September 11, 1997 the Secretary submitted a report to the Congress recommending and asking for privacy legislation by August 21, 1999. On that date the Secretary of HHS finalized the regulations. On November 1999 the privacy standards were published in the Federal Register. On December 29, 2000 the Privacy Final Rule was published in the Federal Register. October 16, 2003 was the compliance deadline for Transactions and Code Sets and April 14, 2004 was the compliance deadline for Privacy standards for small health plans.

Step 2

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, was legislated to protect the health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they lose jobs or change their jobs. The act also requires the setting up of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for health care providers, employers, and plans.

From the perspective of human resources, it is required to maintain a higher standard of privacy. ...

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