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At Women's Health, we offer counseling and educational services designed specifically for adolescents.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, ensures and protects your right to confidentiality of your personal health information. For more information about HIPAA, visit the US Department of Health & Human Services website.
Parents generally have the right to make health care decisions for their children and so are, by default, considered the personal representatives for decisions about their children's protected health information (PHI) access, use, and disclosure.
The general principle used by HIPAA's Privacy Rule is simple: if a person has a right to make a health care decision, then he or she has the right to control information associated with that decision.
However, as a minor, your PHI is subject to three important general exceptions:
You control your PHI that is associated with treatment that does not first require parental consent. Examples: HIV testing, prenatal care and mental health services.
Your parents do not control PHI when a court determines or other law authorizes someone other than a parent to make treatment decisions for you.
Your parents do not have rights to your PHI in cases where they have agreed to a confidential relationship between you and a health care provider.
Nebraska State Law for Medical Treatment of a Minor § _______. Treatment for health-related problems.
(a) Minor who is married or parent. - A minor has the same capacity as an adult to consent to medical treatment if the minor:
9 Is married; or
10 Is the parent of a child.
(b) Emergency treatment. - A minor has the same capacity as an adult to consent to medical treatment if, in the judgment of the attending physician, the life or health of the minor would be affected adversely by delaying treatment to obtain the consent of another individual.
(c) Consent for specific treatment.- A minor has the same capacity as an adult to consent to:
Treatment for or advice about drug abuse;
Treatment for or advice about alcoholism;
Treatment for or advice about sexually transmitted disease;
Treatment for or advice about pregnancy;
Treatment for or advice about contraception other than sterilization;
Physical examination and treatment of injuries from an alleged rape or sexual offense;
Physical examination to obtain evidence of an alleged rape or sexual offense; and
Initial medical screening and physical examination on and after admission of the minor into a detention center.
(c-1) Capacity to refuse treatment.- The capacity of a minor to consent to treatment for drug abuse or alcoholism under subsection (c) (1) or (2) of this section does not include the capacity to refuse treatment for drug abuse or alcoholism in an inpatient alcohol or drug abuse treatment program certified under Title 8 of this article for which a parent or guardian has given consent.
(d) Consent to psychological treatment.- A minor has the same capacity as an adult to consent to psychological treatment as specified under subsection (c) (1) and (2) of this section if, in the judgment of the attending physician or a psychologist, the life or health of the minor would be affected adversely by delaying treatment to obtain the consent of another individual.
(e) Liabilities.- A physician, psychologist, or an individual under the direction of a physician or psychologist who treats a minor is not liable for civil damages or subject to any criminal or disciplinary penalty solely because the minor did not have capacity to consent under this section.
(f) Disclosure.- Without the consent of or over the express objection of a minor, the attending physician, psychologist or, on advice or direction of the attending physician or psychologist, a member of the medical staff of a hospital or public clinic may, but need not, give a parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor or the spouse of the parent information about treatment needed by the minor or provided to the minor under this section, except information about an abortion.
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