Action: Support the “PATCH” Bill to Close a Patient Privacy Loophole


FOCUS: MA Healthcare/Patient Privacy
GOAL: Support the “PATCH” bill which closes a patient privacy loophole created by sending benefits statements to the insurance subscriber rather than the patient

DEADLINE: Noon on Saturday, May 13th
(Hearing to be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 10:30 AM)

ACTION:
Email examples of stories or personal accounts of how current EOB practices have negatively impacted you or someone you know to the Joint commission on Financial Services.
Please send emails to:
james.eldridge@masenate.gov
Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov
and also cc Kim Germain Daly at kdaly2@salemstate.edu, the Action Together who is spearheading this effort. (Kim is also available to answer any questions you have about submitting written testimony.)

Here is a template letter for your reference.

REASON:
The PATCH BILL has been assigned a testimony hearing date May 16th at 10:30 am.
As you may recall An Act to Proctect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH) address the current loophole in healthcare insurance whereby explanation of benefits (EOB) statements are sent to the subscriber of the heatlh insurance, rather than the patient. The implications being that the subscriber then gets a detailed list of services provided, test performed, clinics visits resulting in a breach of privacy and confidentiality for the patient. This MUST change! Please review the attached legislative fact sheet for details.

ADDITIONAL READING & INFO:
Planned Parenthood PATCH Fact Sheet from earlier this year
Bill S.2960
Bill S.591