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What HIPAA is and is not: A primer on the healthcare privacy law

What HIPAA is and is not: A primer on the healthcare privacy law

If you’re being interviewed and a journalist asks you if you’re vaccinated, is that a violation of HIPAA? No. What if your employer is asking you to prove you’ve been vaccinated — is that a HIPAA issue? No. What if you go to a bar or restaurant or store and a person at the front door says you need to show proof of vaccination to enter? Are they violating your HIPAA rights? Still no. HIPAA — short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 — only covers what information specific healthcare-related entities can share about you without your consent. A journalist...

Jul 27
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As Ted Cruz travels, mutual aid groups are stepping up in Texas

As Ted Cruz travels, mutual aid groups are stepping up in Texas

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementOn Wednesday night, photos posted to Twitter appeared to show something borderline unthinkable: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas boarding a flight to Cancun, Mexico. In the middle of a pandemic. And in the middle of a crisis that had left millions of his constituents without power or clean drinking water.Surely it must be a mistake, people theorized. But . And by Thursday, the Republican senator issued a statement saying that the once-in-a-generation ice storm that was endangering people all over his state had also canceled school, and his...

Feb 19
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L.A. volunteering during COVID: In person, virtual options

L.A. volunteering during COVID: In person, virtual options

Looking for an opportunity to serve? There are plenty of ways to connect with your community, including distributing meals at a food bank, tutoring from home or delivering meals to seniors.The Times has compiled a list of places to volunteer in the L.A. area, but the rules are a little different this year. Many organizations have limited capacities, dress codes and medical testing requirements. Please make sure to register in advance and contact the organization directly if you’re interested in offering your time.Any opportunities we didn't cover? Let us know .How to volunteer:All In-person...

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How to sign up to find out when it's your turn to get the vaccine in L.A. County

How to sign up to find out when it's your turn to get the vaccine in L.A. County

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe vaccine is here. Well, sort of.If you’re a healthcare worker or a nursing home resident or staff in Los Angeles County, you are eligible for the vaccine now. It’s no longer limited only to frontline medical workers: Healthcare workers like chiropractors, speech therapists, acupuncturists, and people who provide care in mortuaries, pharmacies, dental offices and more are now eligible. (.)It was a day of frustration for seniors trying to make appointments. Some were able to schedule them at retailers but it’s unclear whether those...

Jan 14
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Today is the deadline to register online to vote in California

Today is the deadline to register online to vote in California

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe 2020 presidential election is 15 days away. If you’re in California, today is your last chance to .But if you miss today’s deadline, you can still cast a ballot. Last year, California enacted . Sometimes called “same-day voter registration,” conditional registration lets you register up until the day of the election at your county elections office or a community vote center. Your ballot will be processed and counted after county election officials verify your registration.You can register to vote in English, Spanish, Hindi,...

Oct 19
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How to become an L.A. County poll worker for the 2020 election

How to become an L.A. County poll worker for the 2020 election

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementMail-in ballots, registration deadlines, voting centers — we’ve got you covered with the basics of voting in the Nov. 3 election.If you want to do more than vote in the 2020 election, consider becoming a poll worker to participate in democracy and facilitate a free and fair election. Polling places in Los Angeles County are in particular need of tech-savvy people who can help voters navigate voting technology and bilingual people to meet the needs of a diverse electorate.Traditionally, many poll workers have been retirees who don’t...

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