Health Information and Privacy (HIPAA): Hawaii
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Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
- Hawaii requires all non-government employers to provide prepaid health care benefits to all employees performing non-seasonal work and working at least 20 hours per week for four consecutive weeks. Preexisting condition exclusions are not permitted under state law. See Preexisting Condition Exclusions.
- HIPAA creditable coverage certificates may be used to obtain coverage under employer-provided health plans, but waiting periods are already limited under state law. See Creditable Coverage.
- Hawaii law requires employers to keep medical information in separate, confidential files. Disclosure of medical information is also restricted. See Effect of State Laws.
- State law also prohibits the disclosure of records or information, whether verbal or written, of people who indicate they have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, AIDS related complex (ARC) or Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Violations may result in criminal sanctions. See Effect of State Laws.