Issue Brief

No. 735

HIPAA as a Regulatory Model: Early Experiences and Future Prospects
April 5, 1999


Karl Polzer


In the context of the debate over bolstering consumer protection in health care without imposing excessive costs or onerous regulatory requirements, this paper examines the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as a regulatory model. The paper reviews the provisions of the legislation, examines the roles of the Department of Labor and the Health Care Financing Administration in implementing HIPAA, raises issues surrounding implementation and enforcement, and examines the usefulness of the HIPAA model as a vehicle for applying consumer protection measures.

Related Materials

See also the entries for the related Forum Sessions on April 5, 1999 and May 3, 1999.

In addition, see "HIPAA Coverage Provisions" (The Basics, March 25, 2008).

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