Texas state senator proposed bill to strengthen medical privacy

Seen at the Texas Insider:

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed Senate Bill 622 to strengthen the protection of Texans’ personal health information.


Key provisions of SB 622 would:

  • prohibit the sale of protected health information;
  • increase criminal penalties for theft of medical records, breach of computer security, and health care fraud, including Medicaid fraud, that involves stolen health information;
  • increase the civil penalties the Texas Attorney General may asses for violations of the Texas Medical Privacy Act;
  • require health care providers to provide a person’s health record in an electronic format within five days of the request; and
  • require the Texas Attorney General to maintain a website providing information about consumer privacy rights and complaint procedures.

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