Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

4419.02 - PRIVACY PROTECTIONS OF FULLY INSURED GROUP HEALTH PLANS

The Board of Education provides coverage to eligible employees under fully insured group health plans. The Board has established the following fully insured group health plans:

 A.Dental Plan

 B.Vision Plan

 C.Long-term Disability

The Board acknowledges that these group health plans are required to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

The fully insured group health plans established by the Board shall:

 A.Refrain from taking any retaliatory action against any individual from exercising any right under the plan, filing a complaint with Health and Human Services, participating in any proceeding under Part C of Title XI of the Social Security Act, or opposing any act or practice made unlawful by the Privacy Rule provided that the individual has a good faith belief that the practice opposed is unlawful.

 B.Not impose a requirement that participants waive their rights under the Privacy Rule as a condition of the provision of payment, enrollment in a health plan, or eligibility of benefits.

 C.Retain a copy of any plan document as amended by the requirements of HIPAA for six (6) years from the date of its amendment or the date when it last was in effect, whichever is later.

As plan sponsor of the fully insured group health plans, the Board shall not use or disclose protected health information from such plans, except for:

 A.Summary health information is de-identified information that summarizes claims history, claims expenses, or type of claims experienced by health plan participants.

 B.Information on whether an individual is participating in a group health plan, or is enrolled in or has disenrolled from a health insurance issuer or HMO offered by the plan.