HIPAA and Type 1 Diabetic Teens

HIPAA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act may impact your ability to access doctors, insurance and medical information for your child. At age 18, it is important for Type 1 Diabetics to include their parents on the HIPAA release form. This law is intended to protect privacy.

What is HIPAA?

Created in 1996, this act is designed to protect the privacy of your health information. HIPAA prohibits providers from releasing health care information unless a patient has signed a HIPAA release form.  Without a signed released form, health care providers are prohibited from discussing a Type 1 Diabetic's care unless permission has been granted.

Prepare your Teen

Transitioning to adult care with Type 1 Diabetes is a process. Turning 18 usually occurs in a student's Senior year and so we still think of our Type 1 as a child. Yet the support team of parents is usually still very involved at this time. Before you know it, your teen may be leaving for college or living on their own. A Type 1 Diabetic will always need a strong support team when they are unable to care for the themselves or during hospitalizations.


Type 1 To Go Tips to Prepare your Teen


Explain HIPAA to your Teen
Know your HIPAA Rights
Discuss HIPAA Sharing with Family
Preview a HIPAA Release Form

Check out our Turning 18 Page!
Print a Turning 18 Checklist

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