Are you are sending your child to college this year? If so, do not overlook the importance of obtaining advance consent from your child so you can have access to crucial health and educational information.

August 2016
Once a person turns 18, the law presumes that they have the capacity to make their own medical, personal, and financial decisions, and they gain strong legal privacy rights, including under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which covers all medical information, as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which covers all educational records. 

Under the privacy provisions of both laws, providers may disclose information only to the subject individual and those whom they legally designate-except in accordance with limited exceptions.
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