WASHINGTON — Patient privacy law offers little protection if law enforcement requests a person’s medical records — an issue that’s fueled concern as states impose restrictions on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“I think it’s important to know that right now, your health records aren’t necessarily protected. And that is because HIPAA privacy protections weren’t prepared for this moment,” said Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.), referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects patient medical records. Jacobs recently worked with Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) to author the Secure Access for Essential Reproductive (SAFER) Health Act, which would prohibit lawmakers from sharing personal health information related to abortion or pregnancy loss without patient consent.
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