By April 14, most LIUNA health and welfare funds must comply with the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, and, by October 16, all must comply with its electronic data interchange (EDI) provisions. “Small” funds with annual receipts of $5 million or less have an extra year to meet the privacy deadline.

“More important,” warns LHSFNA Computer Services Division Director John Semeraro, “by April 16, all health insurance providers, including all our funds, must demonstrate actual progress toward compliance with the EDI provisions. The clock is ticking.”