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Health Care for Adolescents

Ensuring Access, Protecting Privacy

By Abigail English

Adolescents' access to health care through Medicaid, a State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), or publicly funded health program needs to be maintained and expanded. Adolescents may also face barriers associated with consent to and confidentiality of health care. New federal medical privacy rules issues under the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) offer adolescents new confidentiality rights.

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