In honor of high school graduations, Roslyn Heights attorney Stephen J. Silverberg is offering a free health care proxy to Nassau County residents who are age 18 or older and headed to college this fall.
Once children turn 18, they are legally adults. Because of HIPAA regulations (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), medical officials won’t speak with parents about their child’s condition.
A health care proxy allows the child to designate his or her parent as an agent or proxy entitled to information about the student’s medical condition, to gain access to medical records and most important, make medical treatment decisions on behalf of the student, Silverberg says.
To get the proxy, call Silverberg’s office at 516-307-1236 by Aug. 1 so that the paperwork can be completed by the time the child leaves for campus. “We spend so much time preparing our kids for college, but all too often we overlook this important document,” Silverberg says.
Silverberg’s office is at 185 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights.