Understanding HIPAA: What Parents Need to Know About Privacy & Their Adult Child’s Health Information

When does HIPAA allow healthcare providers to disclose PHI to parents involved in their adult child’s care?

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This document answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about when parents can access their adult child’s protected health information.

Key Points

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) is a federal law that sets national privacy standards limiting the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information (known as “protected health information” or “PHI”).
  • As your child grows into adulthood, both your rights and the rights of your child under HIPAA change.
  • HIPAA sets limits and conditions on when and what information healthcare providers may disclose about your adult child.

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