The Health Passport provides member’s personal health information to health care services, employers and other third parties. All members are entitled to a Health Passport. Members, who are covered by a health plan, are also entitled to a Health Passport.
Health Care Professionals, Dental Assistants, Health Care Providers and DFPS staff may all be eligible to access the same information. Information includes: the member’s personal health history, health-related information such as immunization information, treatment history, referral sources, laboratory test results and more. If you are not a registered health professional and are interested in obtaining a Health Passport, you will need to provide your credentials to an authorized department of health.
Health care professionals may access the Health Passport using the same methods that are used to get and maintain their Health Insurance or Medicare card. Health Care Providers are required to provide information on their eligibility and enrollment status through the State Department of Health before they can access the data in the Health Passport. It is a requirement for Health Plan enrollees to use a State Health Service Registry in order to obtain enrollment in the plan. Health Plan enrollees who do not use the State Health Service Registry will be unable to access the Health Passport and can only receive a Health Insurance card from that State’s Health Insurance Marketplace. In order to use the State Health Service Registry to access the Health Passport, you must have enrolled in the health plan within the last three years and also be enrolled in Medicare Part A and B.
Health care providers can access the data in the Health Passport using the same method as Health Insurance and Medicare card holders can. They can also access the data in the Health Passport using the same method as the other two insurance programs. The Health Passport is available on the Internet.
If you are a Health Care Provider and do not need the Health Passport but need to obtain information about Health Insurance you should visit a State Department of Health to get the appropriate forms and request your Health Insurance card or application and follow the steps outlined in their online Health Insurance website. They will help you fill out the form and provide all the forms you may need to obtain your card or application.
Health Passports may not be available in all States. If the state you live in does not provide a Health Insurance website, you can always check with the State Health Services Registry to see if the State has a website where the Health Passports is accepted.
A Health Passport is not an assurance of the coverage or quality of the health insurance offered by the health insurance program. It is a supplement to the primary health insurance plan and the only way to know if the health insurance you choose covers you and your family is to review the details of that policy before purchasing the policy.
If you are unable to obtain a Health Passport because you do not have an existing health insurance plan and do not qualify for a health insurance program through your employer you can always purchase a Health Insurance policy. This will allow you to obtain your own Health Insurance card.
Health Insurance is the most important part of having health coverage. Without it, you and your family will be without medical coverage. You may be able to get temporary health insurance coverage through your employer but you will have to pay the high premiums that go along with it.
Once you decide on an employer that provides medical coverage for its employees, you should then contact them and ask if they offer plans outside of the employer’s group plan. This will allow you to purchase a Health Passport to cover your family.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Most companies are more than willing to answer questions that are asked. Be sure to ask about the exclusions and limitations of the Health Passport that you purchase, the rate and how the Health Passport will affect your premium payments and the types of providers you are covered by the health insurance plan.