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HHS Guidance Recognizes HIPAA Privacy Rights of Same-Sex Spouses and Dependents
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[Guidance Overview]
Oct. 10, 2014
"The guidance from HHS clarifies that for purposes of the HIPAA privacy rules, the term 'spouse' includes individuals who are in a legally valid same-sex marriage sanctioned by a state, territory or foreign jurisdiction (as long as a U.S. jurisdiction would also recognize the marriage) whether or not they live or receive services in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage. Similarly, the guidance provides that the term 'marriage' includes both same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. Finally, the guidance recognizes that the term 'family member' includes dependents from those marriages."

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