To assess overlapping or duplicate health coverage, every health insurer shall maintain a centralized file of the subscribers' names, mailing addresses, and social security numbers or dates of birth. This information is available to the California Department of Developmental Services or a regional center upon reasonable request. The Board of Administration of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and affiliated systems can data match with the state department to identify consumers with third-party health coverage or insurance.
(a) Insurers shall make medical records available to the Department of Developmental Services or a regional center upon request, so long as (1) the department/regional center certifies that the individual is an applicant/recipient of services for the developmentally disabled or the California Early Intervention Program; or is a person who is legally responsible for the applicant or recipient; and (2) the department/regional center is in certifiable compliance with all state and federal laws pertaining to the confidentiality of medical information.
All information and records acquired in the course of providing intake, assessment, and services to persons with developmental disabilities shall be confidential. Information and records are to be disclosed only as provided in this section.
This chapter which governs the appeal procedure, shall not be interpreted to force a physician, psychologist, social worker, nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information provided in confidence by the family of an applicant or recipient of developmentally disabled services.
Signed consent forms by a person with a developmental disability for the release of any information as required under 4514(a) and (d) and Health and Safety Code 11878 and 11879, must be obtained for each separate use and specify the information released, the person to whom information will be released, and the name of the person releasing the information.
If a family member or other designated person by the developmentally disabled resident requests and the resident authorizes, the facility shall inform the requester as to the resident's diagnosis, prognosis, medications prescribed, progress, and of any serious illness.
Any person may bring action against any individual who willingly and knowingly released confidential information or records pertaining to such person for damages or to enjoin the release of such information.