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September 22, 2000
TIAA-CREF Goes Public With Long-Term Care Insurance Sales
The 800-Pound HIPAA-Potamus
Excerpt: "[The term] 'healthcare provider' does not only mean your doctor. It includes any 'healthcare provider, healthcare clearing-house, or health plan that electronically maintains or transmits health information pertaining to an individual.' ... The definition of 'health information' also throws organizations, such as schools, universities, employers, life insurers, and others, under the net." (ClickZ.com)
HIPAA: Changing the Health Care Landscap
Excerpt: "Unlike many federal health initiatives that have been enforceable only for Medicare or Medicaid providers, HIPAA governs all health care providers, payers, and clearinghouses that choose to transmit or maintain individually identifiable patient information in electronic form. This patient-specific information is known under HIPAA as protected health information." (Medscape; free registration required)
Minnesota Governor Looking At Extending Domestic Partner Benefits to State Employees
California Enacts New Health Laws, Junks Others
Gore, Bush Health Care Solutions Reflect Disparate Visions Of Government's Role
Hawaii Launches Innovative Long Term Care Plan
Excerpt: "The state of Hawaii has launched a new long term care insurance program for its public employees. The plan design is unique because it offers participants the maximum amount of flexibility--they can buy whatever level of coverage they can afford now and can increase the coverage in later years. The plan also guarantees that benefits will be paid to survivors upon the participant's death." (Spencernet)
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