2019 Wyoming Statutes
Title 27 - Labor and Employment
Chapter 14 - Worker's Compensation
Article 8 - Administrative Provisions
Section 27-14-805 - Confidentiality of Information; Unlawful Disclosure; Exception.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 27-14-805 (2019)

27-14-805. Confidentiality of information; unlawful disclosure; exception.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by this act, information obtained from any employer or covered employee pursuant to reporting requirements under this act or investigations conducted under W.S. 27-14-803 shall not be disclosed in a manner which reveals the identity of the employer or employee except to the employer, the employee, legal counsel for an employer, legal counsel for an employee or in situations necessary for the division to enforce any of the provisions of this act. The confidentiality limitations of this section do not apply to transfers of information between the divisions of the department of workforce services so long as the transfer of information is not restricted by federal law, rule or contract. In addition, nothing in this section shall prohibit the division from:

(i) Disclosing information obtained from employers and employees under this act and any determination of benefit rights to any state or federal agency as required under regulation of the United States department of health and human services and the state department of health, the United States internal revenue service in administering federal tax laws and to the office of the United States bankruptcy trustee;

(ii) Allowing access to information obtained pursuant to the administration of this act to a law enforcement authority of the federal government or this state, upon a written request from that authority stating the information is necessary in connection with a criminal investigation;

(iii) Allowing access by the state auditor to certain information obtained under this act limited to name, address, social security identification number and other general information pertaining to benefit entitlements and employers;

(iv) Reporting to the appropriate professional or facility licensing authority any suspected substandard or inappropriate medical or health care provided to an injured worker by a health care provider or health care facility.

(b) Any employee who discloses information outside of the department in violation of federal or state law may be terminated without progressive discipline.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section and any other provision of law to the contrary, and for purposes of ensuring any medical or disability benefit payment under this act does not duplicate any benefit payment made by another state agency, insurer, group health plan, third party administrator, health maintenance organization or similar entity, the department may upon request of the state agency, insurer or similar entity, disclose information limited to a recipient's name, social security number, amount of benefit payment, charge for services, date of services and services rendered relating to the benefit payment made under this act. A state agency, insurer, group health plan, third party administrator, health maintenance organization or similar entity shall, upon request of the department, disclose the same limited information to the department. Information received under this subsection shall be used only for the purpose authorized by this subsection and shall otherwise be confidential and the recipient entity shall be subject to the confidentiality restrictions imposed by law upon information received to the extent required of the department. Any violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.

(d) Prior to receipt of any benefit under this act, the department shall require an injured employee covered under this act to sign a waiver authorizing the release of information limited to benefit payment information to state agencies, insurers, group health plans, third party administrators, health maintenance organizations or similar entities for purposes specified by subsection (c) of this section.

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