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Since most cities offer some type of employer-sponsored health plan—including a health plan, dental plan, medical reimbursement plan under the city's cafeteria plan, etc.—your city will likely have to comply with some of HIPAA's privacy and security standards.
Before your city can determine if it is subject to the HIPAA privacy and security requirements, an assessment of each of the city's benefit plans must be conducted. It is important for each of your city's health plans to be reviewed independently—one plan could be subject to the full HIPAA requirements while another may have only minimal requirements to meet.
To help determine your city's status as a covered entity, the League has created a HIPAA Assessment Tool. The HIPAA Assessment Tool includes the following components:
Questions about the HIPPA Assessment Tool or your cities particular HIPAA compliance concerns?
Contact Donyelle Mikacevich
(651) 281-1202 or (800) 925-1122