HIPAA Doesn't Mean You Can't Ask People Why They Aren't Wearing a Mask
The law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is hugely misunderstood. And the latest people to misunderstand it are anti-maskers who claim that it’s illegal to ask them why they’re not wearing a mask. That’s not how the law works. That’s not how any of this works.
HIPAA states that patients (that’s you) may access your health records, and that “covered entities” such as your hospital or health insurance company cannot share your health records without your consent.
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