Forum Session

HIPAA as a Regulatory Model — Part II: Views from Capitol Hill
May 3, 1999


Karl Polzer


As they developed consumer protection legislation applying to employee health plans and insurers, congressional committees groped with a critical question: how broadly might such measures apply across the American population? Intertwined with this question was another: How should the federal government split responsibility with the states for determining and enforcing policies relating to employee health benefits and insurance? At this session, senior congressional staff, state officials, policy experts, and various stakeholders continued the Forum's inquiry into the regulatory model posed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The discussion built on what was learned at a session held the previous month at which federal and state regulators discussed early efforts to implement the complex law.


Paul Harrington, Majority Health Policy Director, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate; David Nexon, Minority Staff Director for Health, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate; Bridgett Taylor, Professional Staff Member, Committee on Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives; Barbara Yondorf, Director, Policy and Research, Colorado Division of Insurance

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 735. See also the entry for the related Forum Session.

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

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