For those of you who have children heading off or back to college, it is important to remember that as of their 18th birthday, the law grants your college-age child the right to determine who has access to medical information and make medical decisions, particularly in the event of an emergency.

Federal law (HIPAA) restricts with whom medical providers can share a patient’s medical information with without the patient’s consent. As a result, your college-age child’s doctor may not be able to share medical information with you in the event of an emergency. Fortunately, there is an easy solution: a HIPAA Release can identify with whom a health care provider can share information, while a Health Care Agent Appointment clarifies the question of who is empowered to make medical decisions.

For a modest flat fee, our team at Squillace & Associates, P.C. can prepare each of these documents for your college-age children. We also include cloud-based storage of the documents along with a wallet-sized emergency card, so in an emergency, it is easy to retrieve copies of these documents.

We are ready to assist you and your loved ones if you would like to complete this work before they head back to school.

If you have questions, click here to contact us to set up a time to discuss this with you or give our office a call at (617) 716-0300.

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