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Are communications concerning information to beneficiaries about government programs or government-sponsored programs "marketing" under the HIPAA Privacy Rule?


No. Communications about government and government-sponsored programs do not fall within the definition of “marketing.” There is no commercial component to communications about benefits available through public programs. Therefore, a covered entity is permitted to use and disclose protected health information to communicate about eligibility for such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).



Date Created: 12/20/2002

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013