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October 26, 2009: Information about your health is protected

Picture of doctor examining a young man.A few years ago the government put in place laws to protect everyone's health records and health information. Certain information is called "protected health information" and cannot be shared without your permission.

So, if you visit a doctor or join a health plan, only certain people at the doctor and plan offices have access to things like your health records.

At Georgia Families we are very careful with each member's protected health information, and we do not share any details about you without your permission, including your family's names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers and health and payment histories.

Everything that is "protected health information" is spelled out in HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. That's the federal rule that says that health providers must protect each person's health information. You may remember that each time you go to a new doctor or other provider someone asks you to sign a paper that says you know about the HIPAA privacy rules.

Protecting your health information is important if you are in Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. We will do everything in our power to keep the information you give Georgia Families private.

If you have any questions about protected health information, or are not sure whom you should share your health information with, ask our call center staff.

Do you have a topic you'd like us to write about in a blog? Or would you like to know more about this topic -- protected health information? Send us an email at blog@georgia-families.com. Please know that email is not private. Messages you send can be copied or read by others. If you send us an email, this tells us that you know and accept the risks. You may email us, but please consider calling, faxing, or sending us a letter if you want to send personal health information (PHI). PHI includes a Medicaid ID number, Social Security number and a member's medical information.