HIPAA compliance
Unum Group has reviewed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to ensure full and timely compliance of our systems and procedures with applicable requirements.

What is HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is part of a broad congressional attempt at health care reform.

The "Administrative Simplification" provisions of HIPAA required the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") to:

  • create privacy standards to protect personal health information (Privacy Rule),
  • adopt national standards for format and content of electronic health care transactions (called "EDI" for electronic data interchange transactions) and
  • create security standards to protect the electronic transmission of personal health information (Security Rule).

The overall mission of the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA is to:

  1. protect the rights of the consumer,
  2. improve the quality of health care, and
  3. improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery.

Click on any of the links below for more information on specific topics related to HIPAA.

  • Unum's Statement on HIPAA Compliance as it relates to privacy, enhancements to our security framework and electronic data interchange.

  • Unum's compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

  • Unum's compliance with the HIPAA electronic data interchange Rule.

  • Instructions on how to submit EDI transaction standards with Unum.

For more information about HIPAA, please contact Unum's Privacy Officer at the address below:

Privacy Office
2211 Congress Street, C476
Portland, ME 04122