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New York: Confidentiality and domestic violence (NY Law 2612; Reg 168)

New York Insurance Law § 2612, with respect to all insurers regulated under the Insurance Law, including health maintenance organizations (“HMOs”), provides in relevant part that if any person covered by an insurance policy delivers to the insurer a valid order of protection against the policyholder or other person covered by the policy, then the insurer is prohibited for the duration of the order from disclosing to the policyholder or other person the address and telephone number of the insured, or of any person or entity providing covered services to the insured. If a child is a covered person, then the right established by this section may be asserted by the child’s parent or guardian.

Effective January 1, 2013, Insurance Law § 2612 also requires a health insurer, as defined in that section, to accommodate a reasonable request made by a person covered by an insurance policy or contract to receive communications of claim‐related information by alternative means or at alternative locations if the person clearly states that disclosure of the information could endanger the person If a child is the covered person, then this right may be asserted by the child’s parent or guardian.

Except with the express consent of the person making the request, a health insurer may not disclose to the policyholder: (1) the address, telephone number, or any other personally identifying information of the person who made the request or child for whose benefit a request was made; (2) the nature of the health care services provided; or (3) the name or address of the provider of the covered services.

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”) has promulgated 11 NYCRR 244 (Insurance Regulation 168) which requires insurers to develop and implement confidentiality protocols. For health insurers, this also must include written procedures by which a person may make a reasonable request to receive communications of claim‐related information by alternative means or at alternative locations and procedures for revoking such a request.

The Department also has drafted a model confidential communication request form that a health insurer may require a person submit when making a reasonable request. For further information on domestic violence services, you can contact the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline by dialing 1-800-942-6906 or by accessing the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence website.

For life insurance and annuities: Please print and complete the form and submit the form and a valid order of protection to the insurance carrier. Insurance carrier mailing information is provided on the form.

For health insurance: Please print and complete the form and submit to the insurance carrier. Insurance carrier mailing information is provided on the form.

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Illinois: Confidentiality and domestic violence (IL Law 215 ILCS 5/355b)

Illinois Law 215 ILCS 5/355b requires all health insurers to accommodate a reasonable request by an insured to receive insurer communications of claim or billing related information by alternative means or at alternative locations if the insured clearly states that disclosure of all or part of the information could endanger him or her. 
 
To request confidential communication, click the form below.
 
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To revoke the request for confidential communication, click the form below.
 
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The phone number for the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline is 1-877-863-6338.

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