CHA News Article

Legislature to Consider Health Information Privacy Bills

Several legislative bills related to health information privacy have been introduced in the California Legislature. AB 268 (Holden, D- Pasadena) would entitle a patient’s representative to a summary of the patient’s medical record under specified conditions. SB 138 (Hernandez, D-Los Angeles) would regulate the confidentiality of explanation of benefit (EOB) documents for sensitive services provided to adults under age 26 who are insured as dependents under another person’s (such as a parent) health plan. SB 222 (Padilla, D-Pacoima) would enact legislation to protect individuals from the unauthorized use or disclosure of their genetic information. SB 249 (Leno, D-San Francisco) would allow the California Department of Public Health to disclose health records involving the treatment of HIV or AIDS for a beneficiary enrolled in federal Ryan White Act-funded programs who may be eligible for coverage under an Affordable Care Act program. Finally, it is expected that the Senate Judiciary Committee will introduce a bill to make technical clarifying changes to California’s health information privacy laws. CHA will monitor these bills and advocate for hospitals’ interests in the health information privacy arena.