Another amendment to ERISA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which includes protections for coverage under group health plans that limit exclusions for preexisting conditions; prohibit discrimination against employees and dependents based on their health status; and allow a special opportunity to enroll in a new plan to individuals in certain circumstances. HIPAA may also give employees a right to purchase individual coverage if they have no group health plan coverage available, and have exhausted COBRA or other continuation coverage.