Keeping it Confidential in California: New Privacy Protections Under CHIA

Title: Keeping it Confidential in California: New Privacy Protections Under CHIA

Date Recorded: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Description: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases access to health services in an unprecedented way; however, people must feel safe using their insurance to take advantage of this opportunity.  Not all do, particularly DV survivors. For persons’ insured on a policy in another’s name such as a spouse, partner or parent, using health insurance can mean personal health information gets disclosed to the policy owner. This can lead to delayed and foregone care– and in some cases actual harm.  Thanks to SB 138: Confidentiality of medical information, all Californians are able to prevent their health insurer from making these disclosures. In this webinar, we will provide information on the problem, the new law and share how you can help clients/patients exercise their new right.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the limits of insurance confidentiality law that allow disclosure of private information.
  2. Explain what a Confidential Communications Request is and what it will do to help keep DV survivor health information protected from perpetrators.
  3. Assist DV survivors in submitting a Confidential Communications Request to their insurance company.


  • Rebecca Gudeman, JD, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
  • Amy Moy, Vice President of Public Affairs, California Family Health Council