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Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Of Hipaa


Definition of "Health insurance portability and accountability act of 1996 (hipaa)"

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Legislation providing that, to the extent that all deductible medical care expenses exceed 7.5% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income (AGI), expenses not reimbursed under qualified long-term care coverage's are subject to tax deductibility according to the medical expense deduction rule under the Internal Revenue Service Code, Section 770(b). Also regarded as deductible medical expenses up to a specified maximum according to the individual's age are premiums paid for qualified long-term care (LTC) insurance policies. The specified maximum increases according to the age of the insured, ranging from $200 for insureds age 40 or younger to $2500 for those insureds older than age 70. In addition, benefits received from LTC policies are not included in one's taxable income subject to given restrictions. An insurer offering individual health insurance in an individual state cannot deny coverage to an individual leaving group coverage. Under this act there is guaranteed acceptance and a maternity preexisting condition prohibition. In order for the LTC contract to be qualified under the IRS code, the contract must be an insurance policy that restricts its coverage to only qualified long-term care services; the policy must be a guaranteed renewable contract; and the policy must not have a cash value.



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