School City of East Chicago
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4419.01 - PRIVACY PROTECTIONS OF SELF-FUNDED GROUP HEALTH PLANS

The School Board provides coverage to eligible employees under self-funded group health plans. The Board has established the following self-funded group health plans:

 A.Medical Plan

 B.Prescription Drug Plan

 C.Dental Plan

 D.Vision Plan

 E.Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

The Board acknowledges that these group health plans are required to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, as amended by Title I of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Certain health information maintained by these group health plans is afforded significant protection by this Federal law.

The Board hereby appoints the Director of Human Resources to serve as the Privacy Protection Officer of the group health plans. The Board delegates authority to the Privacy Protection Officer to develop and implement the internal policies and procedures for the group health plan(s) relating to the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information. In the event that the HIPAA Privacy Rule is subsequently amended, the Privacy Protection Officer is authorized to make necessary amendments to the internal policies and procedures.

The Privacy Protection Officer shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.

The Privacy Protection Officer shall report his/her progress to the Board upon request.

Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has the authority to impose civil monetary penalties (CMP) for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Board agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Privacy Protection Officer for any CMP imposed upon him/her in connection with the performance of his/her duties for the group health plans. Notwithstanding the foregoing language, the Board shall not indemnify the Privacy Protection Officer in the event the CMP was imposed as the result of intentional misconduct or gross negligence by the Privacy Protection Officer.

The Board reserves the right to revoke any or all delegations set forth in this policy at any time for any reason.

29 C.F.R. Part 1635
42 U.S.C. 2000ff et seq., The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

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