Welfare Summary Plan Description

17.2 PERMITTED AND REQUIRED USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PLAN ADMINISTRATION PURPOSES

Unless otherwise permitted by law, and subject to the conditions of disclosure described in Section 17.3 and obtaining written certification pursuant to Section 17.4, the Plan may disclose Protected Health Information and Electronic Protected Health Information to the Board of Trustees, provided the Board of Trustees uses or discloses such Protected Health Information and Electronic Protected Health Information only for Plan administration purposes. "Plan administration purposes" means administration functions performed by the Board of Trustees on behalf of the Plan, such as quality assurance, claims appeals, auditing and monitoring. Plan administration functions do not include functions performed by the Board of Trustees in connection with any other benefit or benefit plan of the Board of Trustees, and they do not include any employment-related functions.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Plan to the contrary, in no event shall the Board of Trustees be permitted to use or disclose Protected Health Information or Electronic Protected Health Information in a manner that is inconsistent with 45 CFR § 164.504(f).