A federal law that affords rights and protections for participants and
beneficiaries in group health plans. HIPAA includes: (1) protections for
coverage under group health plans that would otherwise limit or exclude
coverage for preexisting conditions; (2) prohibitions of discrimination
against employees and dependents based on their health status; and (3)
allowance of a special opportunity for employees to enroll in a new plan,
under certain circumstances, known as "open enrollment."
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