Health information is among the most private data that families may need to share but also protect. Find out how new privacy tools are helping families get the best health care plans for their needs but also maintain the privacy of health data.
There is now a new privacy manager on the federal Marketplace website. In addition there is a “Do Not Track” setting on the browser. “Do Not Track” allows consumers to opt out of online tracking used for advertising, and analytics (e.g., location). The Healthcare.gov site will also honor “Do Not Track” settings that were previously set by consumers on their browsers. Lastly there is a new privacy notice.
Highlights of the Privacy Notice
The full privacy notice information is available at www.healthcare.gov/privacy/. A few highlights include:
The new privacy manager tool allows consumers to opt out of certain tools like “advertising, analytics, and social media.” Consumers can find this on the bottom of the homepage on Healthcare.gov and click on “privacy settings.” In addition, families can use “Do Not Track” in their browser for all websites, including Healthcare.gov. This can be done by going to http://donottrack.us/.
Healthcare.gov has information for consumers on how to prevent fraud. Some tips include:
Note: You may get a call from the Marketplace. The caller will give their first name and an ID number. If you have caller-ID, you can verify that the call is coming from the Marketplace; its phone numbers are listed on the fraud-protection webpage (see Resources, below). You are not able to call the Marketplace back yourself, but you can ask to communicate by mail. Be sure not to mail anything to any address not listed on the fraud-protection webpage.
There are many things that consumers can do to protect their private health information. Healthcare.gov even gives tips on how to report suspected fraud See Resources, below.
Privacy Notice: https://www.healthcare.gov/privacy/
Lauren Agoratus is the parent of a child with multiple disabilities who serves as the NJ Coordinator for Family Voices. She also serves as the southern coordinator in her state’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center.