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Privacy of Health Records
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The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), requires institutions to protect the privacy of patients’ personal and health information (written, spoken, and electronic). University Health Services (UHS), as a provider of health care and self-funded health insurance plans, is committed to protecting the privacy of student health records, comprising records of medical care, mental health care (including counseling), and health insurance. Students must sign an authorization for release of health information to allow UHS’s disclosure of protected health information to any third party (including parents), unless that disclosure is specifically allowed or required by law.

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