Confidentiality

Your Claim is Confidential

All CalVCB applications and related documents, including medical information and records, are highly confidential. Except as otherwise required by California or federal law, CalVCB may only disclose a victim or applicant’s information with their written permission. This confidentiality applies to all material in a victim compensation application file.

The Information Release signed by the applicant allows CalVCB to share information with entities, such as government agencies or medical, dental, mental health and funeral providers. CalVCB may communicate with those entities for the purpose of obtaining information to determine eligibility for compensation. CalVCB may receive information from any person or agency, including providers and insurance companies.

CalVCB may publicly disclose information about its activities in general, including summary data, such as the information contained in the Annual Report or posted on the Board’s website. The information will not include any identifying information.

The Victim Compensation Board and HIPAA

California law (Government Code §13954(a)) gives the Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) the authority to request and receive patient medical information. The disclosure rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that prohibit providers from disclosing patient information do not apply to CalVCB.


Questions?

For questions about the CalVCB and HIPAA, email info@victims.ca.gov

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