What is HIPAA? Why does it exist? How does it affect me? These are questions that run through our heads whenever we step into a doctor's office or an emergency room, and are asked to sign unfamiliar forms. Unfortunately, our questions are often left unanswered, and even when information is provided, it can be hard to make sense of everything. Here, we will try to make HIPAA more understandable and accessible to you. Because at one point, everyone will be a patient, and will need to understand the effects of HIPAA.