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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (helth in-SHOOR-ents por-tuh-BIH- lih-tee … uh-KOWN-tuh-BIH-lih-tee …)

A 1996 U.S. law that allows workers and their families to keep their health insurance when they
change or lose their jobs. The law also includes standards for setting up secure electronic health
records and to protect the privacy of a person’s health information and to keep it from being
misused. Also called HIPAA and Kassebaum Kennedy Act.

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