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Is there a minimum level of privacy that healthcare providers must meet?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule sets a federal "floor" of privacy protections -- a minimum level of privacy that healthcare providers and health plans must meet. Many states have health information privacy laws that have additional protections that are above this floor. In addition, even though HIPAA is a federal law, each state's Attorney General has been given the authority to enforce HIPAA.

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