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Confusion Abounds on New Medical Privacy Rules

Alarm and confusion have grown in the three weeks since sweeping new federal rules took effect to protect the privacy of health information. The rules, mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), give patients many new rights, including the right to see their own medical records, to find out who else has seen them, and to correct errors. But rules that are meant to reassure patients in some cases are making them more worried than ever. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.

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Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.