The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191).Benefits Q 1997; 13(2):8-13BQ
The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview and reference source for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton last August. The focus of the article is on Title I--Improved Availability and Portability of Health Insurance Coverage, and on Title III--Tax-Related Health Provisions. The author points out that due to the trend towards an incremental approach to health care legislation, this act must be viewed as one of a series of initiatives being taken by the federal government intended to impact the cost of the U.S. health care delivery system.