CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (“DSS”)
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.
Effective Date of this Notice: April 14, 2003
Q. Does DSS share my medical information with others?
A. DSS may share your medical information with others before we pay providers for your
treatment and services; to see if you are eligible for other services from DSS; and to run the
Medicaid, HUSKY or other DSS programs. This includes looking into possible fraud or
overpayments and defending the agency in lawsuits. For example, we may share your
medical information with the following:
• professionals we hire to see if your treatment is necessary and if we can pay for it;
• companies we hire to pay medical bills and to find out if you are eligible for any health
• providers or agencies, if necessary to help you get benefits from DSS;
• others to make sure you are getting the most appropriate benefits; and
• health insurance companies we bill if DSS has paid for services that those companies
should have paid for.
We may contact you about your appointments, treatment alternatives or health-related
benefits and services.
We may also share your health information, without your approval, in an emergency, in
response to a court order or when the law requires that we share it. For example, the law
may require that we share your information with:
the Labor Commissioner if it is directly related to unemployment compensation or to
serve certain people receiving assistance from DSS;
the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services when necessary to administer
some of its programs;
the Commissioner of Administrative Services or Public Safety to collect overpayments or
amounts owed to DSS; to investigate fraud; and to locate absent parents of children
who are on benefits;
the Commissioner of Children and Families if there is i