A rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services bans health insurers from considering patients' genetic information for underwriting purposes in most cases. The regulations, intended to reflect changes in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also appear to include health insurance brokers and agents among those who must comply with some HIPAA privacy regulations, according to this article. The rule, which goes into effect March 26, also forbids hospitals and physicians from informing health insurers about treatments patients pay out-of-pocket, the article notes.

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