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It would have indeed constituted a HIPAA violation for a representative of the health insurance company to contact your employer about your medical treatment. Your remedy if that has occurred is to file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services, which you can do here. The DHHS will investigate and impose a penalty if they find that a violation has occurred. Unfortunately, there is no private cause of action for HIPAA violations, which means that you cannot sue for money damages as a result of your HIPAA rights being violated. So, a complaint to DHHS would typically be the extent of your legal remedies.
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