The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal medical privacy law. You see evidence of it anytime you go to a pharmacy to have your prescriptions filled or visit your doctor’s office. It prevents unauthorized third parties from gaining access to your private medical information.

Nevertheless, the last thing that you want is your health care agent (the person responsible for saving your life or removing life support) being denied access to your medical records to make meaningful and informed decisions. The HIPAA Release and Authorization allows your loved one to protect you by accessing your medical records and communicating with your physicians if you are unable to do so.