Your daughter is away at college. She hasn’t called for a day or two.
No answer on her cell phone. What is going on?
“HIPAA” is an issue for parents with children away in college
HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress in 1996. Primary goal? To allow millions of Americans to change jobs without losing their healthcare. But HIPAA is known for “privacy” laws.
As a general rule, no one is entitled to anyone else’s private health information. Even the information about your children 18 and older. And even if you are the parent.
So when you do locate your daughter, and if she is in a local hospital after a car wreck, you are going to hear, “I’m sorry, we cannot disclose that information without permission from the patient.”
- If your daughter/son is hurt, how do first responders know to call you?
- If they do locate you, will they give you details and health information?
- What if the injury is the result of some childish behavior that your child doesn’t want you to know about.
This December, I am writing about the legal documents every college student should sign in favor of his or her parents. Stay tuned.