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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
What is HIPAA?

HIPAA, also known as the Medical Privacy Act took effect on April 14, 2003. The  law describes  the way our patient records are handled and maintained. It is the first-ever Federal privacy standard that protects your medical and other health information that is provided to organizations that administer health plans, doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. Existing State laws providing additional protections to you are not affected by this rule.


How We Protect Your Privacy

The Merced County Indigent Health Care Programs are committed to safe-guarding patient privacy, especially the rights of people in sensitive health groups.

In addition to current California privacy laws, HIPAA sets a national standard on how health care providers and plans must protect medical records. It establishes more control over how personal health information is used and disclosed. HIPAA also establishes privacy criteria to protect health information as it is transferred electronically.


Privacy Official

HIPAA regulations require covered entities to assign a Privacy Official to create and implement policies and procedures necessary to comply with HIPAA and to receive privacy-related complaints.

To contact Merced County's Privacy Official, call the Public Health Department at (209) 381-1200.



Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452