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Arkansas advances vaccine status non disclosure law. (www.theepochtimes.com) 🏆 WINS OF THE DAY 🏆
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italianorose 5 points ago +5 / -0

It’s already covered under HIPAA regardless.

This is another layer of protection so kudos

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scrummin 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's not covered by HIPPA. HIPPA only deals with medical records and related medical companies/services. Employers can ask about vaccine status.

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CQVFEFE 3 points ago +3 / -0

HIPPA only deals with medical records and related medical companies/services. Employers can ask about vaccine status.

Vaccine status is expressed in medical records. Seems like federally protected private health information. If we don't stick to that like glue, we're screwed.

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scrummin 1 point ago +1 / -0

To be clear, I don't like any of this but please see below:

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consumers/index.htmlt

scroll 1/2 way down: "Who Is Not Required to Follow These Laws Many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws.

Examples of organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:

Life insurers Employers Workers compensation carriers Most schools and school districts Many state agencies like child protective service agencies Most law enforcement agencies Many municipal offices"

Also:

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/employers-health-information-workplace/index.html

At the top: "Requests from your employer Your employer can ask you for a doctor’s note or other health information if they need the information for sick leave, workers’ compensation, wellness programs, or health insurance.

However, if your employer asks your health care provider directly for information about you, your provider cannot give your employer the information without your authorization unless other laws require them to do so.

Generally, the Privacy Rule applies to the disclosures made by your health care provider, not the questions your employer may ask."

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italianorose 1 point ago +1 / -0

So what if I do not have health insurance thru my employer?

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scrummin 1 point ago +1 / -0

From what I read, if they can say that it is for sick days or for a wellness plan, then they can ask. Otherwise, no. Best if you read it yourself though.

I am not a lawyer, so my advice is worth what you paid for it... ;)

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italianorose 1 point ago +1 / -0

Hey I respect you playing devils advocate, we need that!

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italianorose 1 point ago +1 / -0

Vaccine status is in your medical records, how would it not be covered?

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scrummin 1 point ago +1 / -0

Please see my post above.

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italianorose 1 point ago +1 / -0

Either way even if HIPAA allows it, coercion is a criminal offense and so is using my medical information to discriminate against me.

Either way, these companies are playing with severe lawsuits... thoughts?

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MisprisionIsEvil 1 point ago +1 / -0

Can they ask if you've had a vasectomy?

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scrummin 1 point ago +1 / -0

They can ask anything if it can be construed as being needed for a wellness program or health insurance. Please see my post above.