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They are required to provide you a copy at some point although they can have a reasonable amount of time to copy them and they are allowed to charge you a reasonable fee for them. It's not unusual for a medical provider to charge $1 a page for copies.
HIPAA does not in any way prevent you from getting a copy of your own records.
If anyone tells you HIPAA prevents you from getting a copy of your own records ask them to put it in writing and then file a complaint with the state licensing agency because they don't know what they are talking about.
Also, they are allowed to ask you for a signature on a release form to allow them to provide the records. It's not really required, since they're your records, but they can take the position that a release is required.
The only exception to the requirement that they allow you to get a copy of your records is if they are a provider's records as to your psychotherapy, which is different than medical records.
I can find you a page on the Dept of Health and Human Services website that addresses the HIPAA records and your right to get a copy.
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