AAOA Privacy Statement
The Affiliated Associations of America (AAOA) provides this Privacy Statement in order to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy. This Privacy Statement describes the information we collect and our procedures regarding use and disclosure of this information.
NOTE: YOU MAY NOT PROVIDE INFORMATION TO US UNLESS YOU ARE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OF AGE AND A RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY PROVIDING INFORMATION YOU CONSENT TO THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT.
Cookies: A Cookie is a randomly generated unique number placed on your computer. It allows us to identify your computer without requiring your disclosure of any Non-Public Personal Information. Cookies make it possible to both store and retrieve information through your internet browser. A Cookie itself cannot read information off a hard drive or read Cookie files from other sites.
General Information: General Information is information that does not itself reveal your identity. General Information may include, without limitation: generic business type; SIC code; information derived from publicly available databases (such as Dun and Bradstreet); user behavior on our Web site; and aggregated generic information.
Non-Public Personal Information: Non-Public Personal Information is any non-public information you provide to us or our Partners that is proprietary or identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate you or someone at your business. Non-Public Personal Information may include, without limitation: name; address; phone number; e-mail address; credit card number; account information; voting behavior; spending patterns; and individual tastes and preferences.
Partners: Partners are individuals or entities we engage to help us carry out our mission.
What information is collected?
We collect the Non-Public Personal Information you provide to our Partners or us. We also collect your General Information.
How do we use and disclose your Non-Public Personal Information?
Unless otherwise required by law, we use and disclose your Non-Public Personal Information only as necessary to carry out our mission and to advance the interests of our members. This may include, without limitation: selectively sharing your Non-Public Personal Information with our Partners; alerting you of relevant legislative and political initiatives; notifying you of the benefits of AAOA membership offered by our Partners; and updating you about our objectives and advocacy practices.
WE WILL NOT SELL OR OTHERWISE DISCLOSE YOUR NON-PUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANY THIRD PARTY UNLESS SUCH THIRD PARTY IS PERFORMING SERVICES FOR, OR, ON OUR BEHALF AND IS BOUND BY AN OBLIGATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY.
Who are some of our Partners?
We have negotiated agreements with Benefit Partners who will offer you access and discounts on a variety of products and services. We periodically engage call centers, mailing houses, printers, research firms and other third-party representatives to assist us in providing service to our members.
How do we use and disclose your General Information?
General Information about you and your AAOA membership is used and disclosed in several ways. It allows us to measure our members' participation in our programs through many different demographic indicators. General Information collected on our Web site, and through member benefit requests may be used to internally help administer the Web site and detect server problems.
How do we protect the confidentiality of your Non-Public Personal Information?
We have taken reasonable steps to assign passwords, encrypt sensitive data and protect our databases, servers and other information storage locations from unauthorized access. Our employees and the people who do business with us are trained and required to follow our written policies regarding the use and disclosure of your Non-Public Personal Information. Those who do not follow these practices are subject to disciplinary action. Information is restricted to those who need it to do their job and we follow safeguards to ensure that your information is secure. Whenever possible, we limit the disclosure of information about you.
How can you opt-out of receiving e-mails, mail, phone calls and/or faxes from us?
We may periodically contact you via e-mail, phone, mail and/or fax regarding various topics. Should you wish to suspend this service, you may "opt-out" on our Web site, or you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-968-0545, or at 10510 NE Northup Way Suite 200 Kirkland, WA 98033 and we will promptly remove your contact information from the respective distribution list. In addition, each e-mail or fax you receive will contain instructions on how to unsubscribe from a particular e-mail or fax service.
Will this Privacy Statement change?
We periodically review our privacy practices. This Privacy Statement may be revised at any time. Notice of a revision to the Privacy Statement will be prominently displayed on our Web site at www.aaoamerica.org
A primary purpose of Cookies is convenience. For example, a Cookie informs our server that you have returned to our Web site. Because the Cookie allows our server to recall your unique information on subsequent visits, you will not be required to enter your username and password. We recommend that you enable the Cookies on your browser. In no event will a Cookie discover any of your Non-Public Personal Information without your knowledge.
What is our linking policy?
Our Web site may contain links to other destinations on the Internet. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of any other party. We strongly encourage you to read the privacy policies of each and every Web site that collects Non-Public Personal Information.
How can you change or remove your Non-Public Personal Information?
You may remove or revise your Non-Public Personal Information through our Web site. You may also contact us at email@example.com, 1-866-968-0545, or at 10510 NE Northup Way Suite 200 Kirkland, WA 98033 and we will immediately revise or remove your Non-public Personal Information. Unless you instruct us otherwise, we will archive your Non-Public Personal Information indefinitely.
Access to and Correction of Information.
Generally, when you make a written request, we will make available for your review personal information we have about you. Information collected in connection with, or in anticipation of, any claim against us or legal proceeding will not be made available. If you notify us that the information is incorrect, we will review it. If we agree, we will correct our records. If we do not agree, you may submit a short statement of dispute, which we will include in any future disclosure of that information. We will notify others we have shared information with of any corrections we make to your records.
Our policy is to limit the disclosure of information to only that amount necessary to conduct business and provide you with member benefits and services. If your circumstances require special limits on disclosure, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-968-0545, or at 10510 NE Northup Way Suite 200 Kirkland, WA 98033.
If you have questions or comment about this policy please contact our office at: 1-866-968-0545.
Affiliated Associations of America
10510 NE Northup Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
Group Health Plan Notice of Privacy Practices
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Protecting Your Personal and Health Information
This notice provides information to individuals who may receive group health benefits such as a medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, or other health care benefits through the Affiliated Associations of America (the "Plan") which are offered by an employer (the "Plan Sponsor") Affiliated Associations of America (we, us, our) is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. We are required by applicable federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your personal and health information.
This notice explains our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your personal and health information. Our privacy practices may not be the same as those used by your doctor or other organizations. To understand their privacy practices you will need to contact your doctor or the other organizations. You may also receive separate privacy notices from the insurance companies that insure any of your group health benefits.
Personal and health information (referred to in this notice as "personal information") means any information that is identifiable to you as your personal information, including information regarding your health care and treatment; identifiable factors including your name, age, address, income or other financial information. We will follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice while it is in effect.
Why do we collect your personal information?
We collect personal information from you for a number of reasons including helping us determine the appropriate products to offer to our members, to pay claims, to provide case management services, and to provide quality improvement services.
How do we collect your personal information?
We collect your personal information through you and your health care providers. For example, we receive personal information from you on your insurance application(s) and from your health care providers through insurance transactions, such as the submission of claims for reimbursement of covered benefits.
How do we protect your personal information?
We protect your personal information by:
- Treating all of your personal information that we collect as confidential;
- Stating confidentiality policies and practices in our employee handbooks as well as disciplinary measures for privacy violations;
- Restricting access to your personal information only to those employees who need to know your personal information in order to provide our services to you, such as determining eligibility, providing customer service, paying a claim for a covered benefit;
- Only disclosing your personal information that is necessary for a service company to perform its function on our behalf, and the company agrees to protect and maintain the confidentiality of your personal information; and
- Maintaining physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal and state regulations to guard your personal information.
How do we use and disclose your personal information?
We wonâ€™t disclose your personal information unless we are allowed or required by law to make the disclosure, or if you (or your authorized representative) give us permission. Uses and disclosures, other than those listed below require your authorization. If there are other legal requirements under applicable state laws that further restrict our use or disclosure of your personal information, weâ€™ll comply with those legal requirements as well. Following are the types of disclosure we may make as allowed or required by law:
- Treatment: We may use and disclose your personal information for our treatment activities or for the treatment activities of a health care provider. Treatment activities include disclosing your personal information to a provider in order for that provider to treat you.
- Payment: We may use and disclose your medical information for our payment activities, including payment of claims from physicians, hospitals and other providers for services delivered to you.
- Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your medical information for our internal operations, including our customer service activities, underwriting, premium rating and other insurance activities, disease management, medical review, legal services and auditing, and general administrative activities. We may also use the information to purchase insurance for the Plan or contract for claims and plan administration, or other services.
- Business Associates: We may also share your personal information with third party "business associates" who perform certain activities for us. We require these business associates to afford your personal information the same protections afforded by us. Each business associate of the Plan must agree in writing to protect your confidentiality and the security of PHI.
- Plan Sponsors: If you are enrolled in a group health plan, we may disclose your personal information to the plan sponsor to permit it to perform administrative activities. The Plan may also disclose specific medical information about you to the Plan Sponsor for Plan administration functions. We will only provide this information about you to the Plan Sponsor when the Plan Sponsor has agreed to comply with privacy law restrictions on use of this information. Unless authorized by you in writing, your health information cannot be used by your employer for any employment-related actions and decisions.
- Communication with You: The Plan and, or carriers, may contact you to give you information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
- To You or Your Authorized Representative: Upon your request, weâ€™ll disclose your personal information to you or your authorized representative. If you authorize us to do so, we may use your personal information or disclose it to the person or entity you name on your signed authorization. Once you provide us with an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation wonâ€™t affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. In certain situations when disclosure of your information could be harmful to you or another person, we may limit the information available to you, or use an alternative means of meeting your request.
- To Your Parents, if You are a Minor: Some state laws concerning minors permit or require disclosure of protected health information to parents, guardians, and persons acting in a similar legal status. We will act consistently with the laws of the state where the treatment is provided, and will make disclosures consistent with such laws.
- Your Family and Friends: If you are unable to consent to the use or disclosure of personal information, such as in a medical emergency, we may disclose your personal information to a family member or friend to the extent necessary to help with your health care or with payment for your health-care. Weâ€™ll only do so if we determine that the disclosure is in your best interest.
- Marketing: We do not use or disclose your personal information for marketing purposes.
- Research; Death; Organ Donation: We may use or disclose your personal information for research purposes in limited circumstances. We may disclose the personal information of a deceased person to a coroner, medical examiner, funeral director, or organ procurement organization for certain purposes.
- Public Health and Safety: We may disclose your personal information if we believe disclosure is necessary to avert a serious and imminent threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others. We may disclose your personal information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, domestic violence or other crimes.
- Required by Law: We must disclose your personal information when we are required to do so by law.
- Process and Proceedings: We may disclose your personal information in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process.
- Law Enforcement: We may disclose limited information to law enforcement officials.
- Military and National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the personal information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials personal information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence and other national security activities.
What rights do you have as an individual regarding our use and disclosure of your personal information?
You have the right to request all of the following:
- Access to Your Personal Information: You have the right to review and receive a copy of your personal information. We may charge you a nominal fee for providing you with copies of your personal information. This right doesnâ€™t include the right to obtain copies of the following records: psychotherapy notes; information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding; and protected health information that is subject to other state or federal laws that prohibit us to release such information. We may also limit your access to your personal information if we determine that providing the information could possibly harm you or another person. If we limit access based upon the belief that it could harm you or another person, you have the right to request a review of that decision.
- Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your personal information. Your request must be in writing, and it must identify the information that you think is incorrect and explain why the information should be amended. We may decline your request for certain reasons, including if you ask us to change information that we didnâ€™t create. If we decline your request to amend your records, weâ€™ll provide you a written explanation. You may respond with a statement of disagreement to be appended to the information you wanted amended. If we accept your request to amend the information, we will make reasonable efforts to inform others, including people you have authorized, of the amendment and to include the changes in any future disclosures of that information.
- Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your personal information for purposes other than for treatment, payment, health care operations, and certain other activities. You are entitled to such an accounting for the six years prior to your request, though not for disclosure made prior to April 14, 2003. Weâ€˜ll provide you with the date on which we made a disclosure, the name of the person or entity to whom we disclosed your medical information, a description of the medical information we disclosed, the reason for the disclosure, and certain other information. If you request this list more than once in a 12- month period, we may charge you a reasonable fee for creating and sending these additional reports.
- Restriction Requests: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your personal information for treatment, payment, health care operations or to persons you identify. We may be unable to agree to your requested restrictions. If we do, weâ€™ll abide by our agreement (except in an emergency).
- Confidential Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you in confidence about your personal information by alternative means or to an alternative location. If you advise us that disclosure of all or any part of your personal information could endanger you, we will comply with any reasonable request provided you specify an alternative means of communication.
- Electronic Notice: If you receive this notice on our Web site or by electronic mail (email), youâ€™re also entitled to receive this notice in written form. Please contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice to obtain this notice in written form.
Can you "opt out" of certain disclosures?
You may have received notices from other organizations that allow you to "opt out" of certain disclosures. The most common type of disclosure that applies to "opt outs" is the disclosure of personal information to a non-affiliated company so that company can market its products or services to you. Because we donâ€™t make disclosures that apply to "opt outs," it isnâ€™t necessary for you to complete an "opt out" form or take any action to restrict such disclosures.
When is this notice effective?
This notice takes effect January 1, 2005, and will remain in effect until we revise it.
What if this notice of privacy practices changes?
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. For your convenience, a copy of our current notice of privacy practices is always available on our Web site at www.aaoamerica.org, and you may request a paper copy at any time by contacting us at the number below.
How can you reach us?
If you want additional information regarding our Privacy Practices, or if you believe we have violated any of your rights listed in this notice, please contact our Customer Service department toll-free at 1 (866) 968-0545. If you have a complaint, you also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request. Your privacy is one of our greatest concerns and thereâ€™s never a penalty to you if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If you have questions regarding this notice or the subjects addressed in it, you may contact:
Affiliated Associations of America
10510 NE Northup Way
Kirkland, WA 98033