A HIPAA ("Health Information Portability and Accountability Act") release is used to allow people you designate to access your medical records. A HIPAA release is an important estate planning document for many people because it will allow the designated people to access your medical records and discuss your condition with your physicians. This is a critical part of serving as a health care representative, and may also be an important step in determining whether your power of attorney documents have become effective.
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