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Florida law provides that State agencies, including Bay Medical Center, must notify individuals of the circumstances that would require collection of social security numbers.

The following are the general scenarios under which Bay Medical must collect and use social security numbers: insurance and health benefit eligibility; classification of accounts; customer identification and verification; credit worthiness; customer billing and payments; payroll and human resource functions; benefit processing, tax reporting, and any other lawful purpose necessary to conduct Bay Medical business.

Social Security numbers are NOT public records, but may be released to other governmental or commercial entities as required by law in Section 119.071(5), Florida Statutes.