Tag Archives: HIPAA


Posted 1 year ago in Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Walgreens Sued for Sharing Patient’s Private Medical Info

A jury ordered Walgreen Co. to pay $1.44 million to an Indiana woman after one of its pharmacists illegally accessed and shared her medical information. But according to conventional legal wisdom, that lawsuit should never have made it to trial. The suit was filed in response to a privacy breach committed by Walgreens pharmacist Audra Peterson, whose husband was the ex-boyfriend of Abigail Hinchy, a customer at the pharmacy. Peterson suspected Hinchy of giving her husband a sexually transmitted disease, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Government gun rights by Aaron Kase  
Obama Signs 23 Executive Orders Aimed at Gun Violence

President Barack Obama announced the recommendations of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun task force today, suggesting new legislation to Congress for expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban, as well as signing 23 executive orders aimed at combating gun violence. “This is our first task as a society — keeping our children safe,” the president said. “We can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.” Among the executive orders, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Your Employer Can Share Your Medical Information

If you work in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin, it just got a little easier for your employer to reveal to others any health care information that you voluntarily offer up. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 20 issued an opinion in EEOC v. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, taking a narrow reading of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s confidentiality provisions that protect employees’ health information.   Fake Reference Check In general, the ADA requires that employers keep medical …

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Posted 3 years ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
The Privacy Dangers in Workers’ Comp

It can be easy to take the privacy of your personal medical information and private life for granted when no one is actively nosing around in them. But if you get injured at work, you may find your privacy invaded by insurance companies hungry for any evidence that can be used to deny your workers’ compensation claim.   Papers, Please Insurers, administrative agencies and certain employers have a legitimate need and legal right to obtain medical information that pertains to a …

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