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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

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. 

Aviso de Prácticas de Privacidad

Contact Us

  • For HIPAA and medical privacy inquiries
  • To express a concern
  • File a complaint (download form here)
  • Request information about the protected health information we have about you

Mailing Address:

Placer County Privacy Officer
3091 County Center Drive, Suite 290
Auburn, CA  95603



Additional Resources

State of California, Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII)

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)