What Is HIPAA?

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of your health information; it says who can look at and receive your health information, and also gives you specific rights over that information. HIPAA is only one of several regulations we are required to follow in providing privacy protection. We are also required to follow more stringent Federal and State laws that protect your privacy regarding Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, HIV, or Sexually Transmitted Disease treatment.

Your Rights to Medical Privacy

Under HIPAA, healthcare providers are required to provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices to inform you of your privacy rights as a patient receiving services from Placer County, and to indicate an individual to answer questions regarding your medical privacy rights.

Our Notice of Privacy Practices tells you how personal information about your health may be used, who may see your information, where to file a complaint, and about your rights under HIPAA.

Additional Information

Contact us:

  • Express a concern
  • File a complaint (PDF)
  • HIPAA and medical privacy inquiries
  • Request information about the protected health information we have about you