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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 019 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Subchapter 001 : MEDICAID

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1902a)
  • § 1902a. Confidentiality of Medicaid applications and records; disclosure to authorized representative

    (a) All applications submitted and records created under the authority of this chapter concerning any applicant for or recipient of Medicaid are confidential and shall be made available only to persons authorized by the Agency, the State, or the United States for purposes directly related to plan administration. In addition, the Agency shall maintain a process to allow a Medicaid applicant or recipient or his or her authorized representative to have access to confidential information when necessary for an eligibility determination and the appeals process.

    (b) Applications and records considered confidential are those that disclose one or more of the following:

    (1) the name and address of the applicant or recipient;

    (2) medical services provided;

    (3) the applicant's or recipient's social and economic circumstances;

    (4) the Agency's evaluation of personal information;

    (5) medical data, including diagnosis and past history of disease or disability; or

    (6) any information received for the purpose of verifying income eligibility and determining the amount of medical assistance payments.

    (c) A person found to have violated this section may be assessed an administrative penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for a first violation and not more than $2,000.00 for any subsequent violation.

    (d) As used in this section:

    (1) "Authorized representative" means any person designated by a Medicaid applicant or recipient to review confidential information about the Medicaid applicant or recipient pertaining to the eligibility determination and the appeals process.

    (2) "Purposes directly related to plan administration" include establishing eligibility, determining the amount of medical assistance, providing services to recipients, conducting or assisting with an investigation or prosecution, and civil or criminal proceedings, or audits, related to the administration of the State Medicaid program. (Added 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.306.9; amended 2019, No. 15, § 2, eff. May 6, 2019.)