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Who is not required to follow the government's Privacy Rule?

Organizations that do not have to follow the government's privacy rule known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) include the following, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services:
  • Life insurers
  • Employers
  • Workers' compensation carriers
  • Most schools and school districts
  • Many state agencies, including child protective agencies
  • Most law enforcement agencies
  • Many municipal offices
The organizations that are required to follow HIPAA rules and regulations are known as "covered entities," and include health plans, most healthcare providers and healthcare clearinghouses. 

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