Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
n. (HIPAA, abbr.) ~ The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-191).
†(LC Thomas, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d104:HR03103:|TOM:/bss/d104query.html|) [From the act:] To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, and for other purposes.