The Health Insurance Authority came within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act with the passage of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2006, effective from May 31 2006.
The Authority has prepared two booklets which together will guide applicants through the Freedom of Information process.
The guides are compiled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1997, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2003. All references to the Freedom of Information Act or Acts refer to the 1997 Act as amended by the 2003 Act.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts, effective from 21st April 1998, establish three new statutory rights:
- A legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies; â€¨
- A legal right for each person to have official information relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
- A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.
The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.