HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enacted in 1996. This law governs how protected health information (PHI) can be used. Color complies with the applicable notice, privacy and security rules established by HIPAA, which is the same standard followed by hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Our compliance with HIPAA means that all personally-identifiable health information (“PHI”) is encrypted and stored safely. At Color, the only individuals with access to your PHI are those who need it in order to provide services to you. For example, the genetic counselor with whom you make an appointment will have access to your PHI so that you can fully discuss any questions related to your Color test results.
In 2008, a federal law called the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) was passed to prohibit medical insurance companies and employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of genetic information, which is defined to include genetic test results, family cancer history, and the fact that genetic testing occurred. Federal and state laws regarding genetic discrimination change from time to time. We encourage you to keep informed of these important laws and regulations.
Learn more about GINA, including the exceptions.
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