Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is a federal law that protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives individuals rights regarding that information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule allows for the disclosure of information in instances where it is needed for care, payment for care, and other specific purposes.

HIPAA at Clackamas County

Clackamas County is a hybrid covered entity. This means that HIPAA applies to parts of the county, but not all of it.  

County-covered components that perform functions within the scope of HIPAA are required to provide a Notice of Privacy Practices to their clients, which discusses your rights under HIPAA. If you are a client, you can contact your county program for more information.

Notice of Privacy Practices

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If you think your privacy rights have been violated, or if you have questions or comments about HIPAA, send an email to or contact the privacy manager for a specific county department.