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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  listen  (helth in-SHOOR-ents por-tuh-BIH-lih-tee ... uh-KOWN-tuh-BIH-lih-tee ...)

  A 1996 U.S. law that allows workers and their families to keep their health insurance when they change or lose their jobs. The law also includes standards for setting up secure electronic health records and to protect the privacy of a person’s health information and to keep it from being misused. Also called HIPAA and Kassebaum Kennedy Act.