Come next year's income tax time, we will be required to submit a form with our health insurance information on it along with the good ol' 1040. We are assured that handing that information to the IRS does not violate HIPAA laws and will not be used for any improper purposes.
This just in - the IRS has already seized the medical records of 10,000,000 California residents:
According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.It ain't paranoia if they really ARE out to get you. And I gotta got get me a whole supply of bridges to sell.
h/t Weasel Zippers