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When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in June of 2003, many local agencies stopped releasing the names of victims or even if they had been transported to a hospital.
The National Newspaper Association and other state newspaper groups appealed to the Department of Health Services (HHS) for a ruling and clarification on HIPAA.

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