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Administration > Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
If your health care coverage ends, you become eligible for COBRA, or you lose COBRA coverage, you will receive a certificate, at no charge, confirming the period during which you were covered under the Diageo NA health plans. This certificate may enable you to avoid exclusions for pre-existing conditions under your new medical coverage.
HIPAA restricts the extent to which group health plans may impose pre-existing condition limitations. HIPAA's pre-existing condition limitations coordinate with COBRA's rules regarding termination of health care coverage. If you become covered by another group health plan and that plan contains a pre-existing condition limitation, your COBRA coverage cannot be terminated, unless the other plan's pre-existing condition limitation does not apply to you because of HIPAA's restrictions on pre-existing condition limitations.
 
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