If you are covered under another person's health plan in California — like your parent's or spouse's, your health information will not be kept private unless you take three simple steps. A confidential communication request is a request that communications be sent to the patient rather than policyholder at an alternate address or through an alternate mode of communication such as email. SB 138 requires the plans and insurers to comply with the confidential communication request in two situations:
1. If the individual is requesting confidential communication regarding their receipt of sensitive services. "Sensitive services" is defined by the law to include, among other services, mental health counseling, reproductive health services, STD services, sexual assault services and drug treatment.
2. If the individual states that disclosure of all or part of the information that might be revealed in an insurance communication could endanger the patient, regardless of the type of health care sought.
Take Three Simple Steps:
1. Know your health plan and policy number.
2. Contact your health plan.
3. Submit a confidential communications request.
Parent Notice about Confidentiality
Your student will visit Student Health for a variety of health concerns, and we know that you will want information about the status of their care. If your student is over 15 years of age and self-sufficient or over 18 years of age, we are required by law to keep that information confidential. We will be able to share information only with the written consent of your student, or in cases of an immediate threat to harm themselves or others.
If you are a registered UC Merced student, as defined by Section 130.00 of the University of California’s Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) and other applicable laws apply. The circumstances under which your personally identifiable information may be disclosed are listed in Section 130.00 of the PACAOS, available at PACAOS (PDF).
The below document applies to how information and records regarding your health care at the UC Merced Student Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (SHS/CAPS) may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information: Privacy Notice (PDF).