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Privacy

The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) is committed to protecting the privacy of users of our website as well as the privacy of our members and subscribers.

 

Website users do not have to identify themselves to access information about the programs that PEBA offers; however, PEBA encourages individuals who participate in one or more of the benefits we administer to provide their email address, home address, and/or telephone number through our secure, online account access websites so PEBA can provide you with the latest news and updates about your benefits. Please be assured that PEBA will use your contact information only to support your relationship with our agency and the programs we administer and services we provide. PEBA will not provide your personal information to third parties for solicitation purposes.

 

HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensures security and privacy of health information by setting standards for access and distribution of that information. The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority’s (PEBA’s) Notice of Privacy Practices, located at the first link below, outlines the various situations in which PEBA uses and discloses health information. It also outlines the member’s rights with regard to the information and disclosure.

 

If you have any questions, please contact PEBA’s Privacy Officer at 803.737.6800 or 888.260.9430.

 

 

Protected individual information statement

As recognized by the General Assembly, PEBA has a legitimate need to collect and use social security numbers and other personal identifying information from public employees that participate in the employee benefit programs it administers in order to operate those programs. See Section 30-2-300(2) of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Because this personal identifying information is necessary for the administration of these programs, participating public employees are not permitted to decline to provide the necessary personal identifying information or restrict the use of that information. The personal identifying information collected by PEBA is not used for any other purpose than the administration of those employee benefit programs and is kept confidential pursuant to the requirements of state and federal law, including the protections for PHI under HIPPA, HITECH, and related federal laws and the confidentiality provisions for retirement systems member records pursuant to Section 9-1-320 of the South Carolina Code of Laws and related statutes. For further information regarding the use of PHI collected by PEBA in connection with the administration of the state health insurance plans, please see the Notice of Privacy Practices in the HIPAA section above.

 

If you have any questions, please contact PEBA’s Privacy Officer at 803.737.6800 or 888.260.9430.

 

Non-discrimination noticeThe South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.  PEBA does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. PEBA:Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:Qualified sign language interpretersWritten information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:Qualified interpretersInformation written in other languagesIf you need these services, contact Jennifer Ford, Privacy Officer. If you believe that PEBA has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with:  Privacy Officer, 202 Arbor Lake Dr., Columbia, SC 29223, 803.734.0119 or privacyofficer@peba.sc.gov. You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax or email. If you need help filing a grievance, Jennifer Ford, Privacy Officer, is available to help you. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services     200 Independence Avenue, SW     Room 509F, HHH Building     Washington, D.C. 20201     1.800.368.1019, 800.537.7697 (TDD)Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/filing-a-complaint/complaint-process/index.html. ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística.  Llame al 1.803.734.0119.注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1.803.734.0119 CHÚ Ý:  Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn.  Gọi số 1.803.734.0119 주의:  한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다.  1.803.734.0119 번으로 전화해 주십시오. ATTENTION :  Si vous parlez français, des services d'aide linguistique vous sont proposés gratuitement.  Appelez le 1.803.734.0119. PAUNAWA:  Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, maaari kang gumamit ng mga serbisyo ng tulong sa wika nang walang bayad.  Tumawag sa 1.803.734.0119. ВНИМАНИЕ:  Если вы говорите на русском языке, то вам доступны бесплатные услуги перевода.  Звоните 1.803.734.0119. ACHTUNG:  Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, stehen Ihnen kostenlos sprachliche Hilfsdienstleistungen zur Verfügung.  Rufnummer: 1.803.734.0119. સુચના: જો તમે ગુજરાતી બોલતા હો, તો નિ:શુલ્ક ભાષા સહાય સેવાઓ તમારા માટે ઉપલબ્ધ છે. ફોન કરો  1.803.734.0119. ملحوظة:  إذا كنت تتحدث اذكر اللغة، فإن خدمات المساعدة اللغوية تتوافر لك بالمجان.  اتصل برقم 1.803.734.0119 . ATENÇÃO:  Se fala português, encontram-se disponíveis serviços linguísticos, grátis.  Ligue para 1.803.734.0119. 注意事項:日本語を話される場合、無料の言語支援をご利用いただけます。1.803.734.0119まで、お電話にてご連絡ください。 УВАГА!  Якщо ви розмовляєте українською мовою, ви можете звернутися до безкоштовної служби мовної підтримки.  Телефонуйте за номером 1.803.734.0119. ध्यान दें:  यदि आप हिंदी बोलते हैं तो आपके लिए मुफ्त में भाषा सहायता सेवाएं उपलब्ध हैं। 1.803.734.0119  पर कॉल करें। ប្រយ័ត្ន៖  បើសិនជាអ្នកនិយាយ ភាសាខ្មែរ, សេវាជំនួយផ្នែកភាសា ដោយមិនគិតឈ្នួល គឺអាចមានសំរាប់បំរើអ្នក។  ចូរ ទូរស័ព្ទ 1.803.734.0119

 

 

 

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