I am up for recerification by my housing management office. As part of my medical expenses, I list my prosthesis and mastectomy bras as a medical deduction. They are unwilling to use this expense, without a doctors prescription as a "necessity". I feel it's aburd but I will submit them with the doctors "medical necessity form" which was on file at the store in which Ihad the prescription filled. Is it a violation of my privacy under the HIPP act? Does this management company have the right to refuse me?
Country relating to Question: United StatesWhat have you tried so far?: I have not filed any complant,but am sending them the copy of the stores paperwork. But, I feel that my personal health needs are no one's business but my own. How dare they question my need for a prosthetic! Too much of my personal information is being questioned.
Thank you for your question. Be sure to go ahead and bookmark www.nateanswers.com for future questions.Also, it is VERY important that you rate my service once we have thoroughly addressed your question.HIPAA does not apply to situations like this. It only applies to certain institutions releasing medical information, such as hospitals and doctor offices. It does not apply to requests for information. The law does prohibit discrimination based on medical issues, but that is not what is at play here. They are wanting to know if the expense is a legitimate one. Asking for a doctor's confirmation of that may be a bother (and I understand that completely) but it is not against the law.Please click 'Reply To Expert' unless you consider this dialog complete and you are 100% satisfied with my service (not the website or the situation). Our ratings are very important to us so I ask that when we are done, before you leave be sure to rate my service.Thanks.Nate
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