Pablo Lopez reports:
Debora Rose of Sanger was a hardworking single mother who enjoyed a good laugh and never missed a sports event involving her grandchildren.
When Rose died last month at age 60, she was in the midst of a legal fight with HealthComp Inc., a health-plan administrator for private companies.
In her Fresno County Superior Court lawsuit, Rose contended that when her liver started to fail, she thought her employer, Harris Ranch Beef Co. in Selma, and its health-plan administrator, HealthComp, were trying to help her by assigning a case manager to assist her in wading through the complicated paperwork.
Her lawsuit against HealthComp is as important, Whitten said, because it charges the health-plan administrator with invasion of privacy for giving confidential information about Rose’s health to Harris Ranch in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly known as HIPAA.
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