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"HIPAA", the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act, was passed by Congress in 1996  to " improve portability and continuity of health insurance... combat waste, fraud and abuse... promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage,  to simplify the administration of health insurance...".

This law directly impacts the Colorado (CO) Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the CO Medicaid Program, our clients and health care providers.  Among its other benefits, it has led to improved security of health care information, privacy for recipients of health care services and to significant and continuing improvements in the administrative efficiency of health care throughout the United States.

Further information on the administrative simplification section of the law and resulting rules, which includes those for privacy and security and their impact on the clients of and health care providers to the CO Medicaid Program is available at:


HIPAA - Overview
Transactions under HIPAA
Privacy under HIPAA
Providers Responsibilities under HIPAA

The CO Medicaid Program Privacy Practices and forms specific to the Program regarding the privacy of Protected Health Information can be found at:

CO Medicaid Program Notice of Privacy Practices (click here for a large print version)

CO Medicaid Program HIPAA Privacy Forms

The information contained in these pages is a summary only.  The definitive and detailed legislation and the resulting rules is available from the US Department of Health, Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services at:

Administrative Simplification - Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA Insurance Reform and Administrative Simplification

HIPAA 101- For Health Care Providers' Offices

Specific Guidelines on Privacy issued by CMS
Provider HIPAA Readiness Checklist - Getting Started