Consumer's Guide to Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
and Wisconsin Insurance Laws

In the past few years, both the federal government and the state of Wisconsin have enacted important protections for insurance consumers. One of the most important of these protections for health insurance consumers is the federal HIPAA law and the corresponding state legislation. This booklet provides an overview of the federal HIPAA provisions and the corresponding requirements under Wisconsin insurance law.

The Consumer's Guide to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Wisconsin Insurance Laws is available to be downloaded below. Note, however, that you will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print this publication, which you can download at no cost from Adobe .

Consumer's Guide to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
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If you have questions or concerns about your insurance company or agent, write to the insurance company or agent involved. Keep a copy of the letter you write. If you do not receive satisfactory answers, please contact:

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
P.O. Box 7873
Madison, WI 53707-7873
(608) 266-0103

For information on filing a complaint with the Insurance Commissioner's Office, call:

Insurance Complaint Helpline
1-800-236-8517 (Statewide)
(608) 266-0103 (Madison)

Deaf, hearing, or speech impaired callers may reach OCI through WI TRS.

For your convenience, a complaint form is included on OCI's Web site.