Senate Passes PATCH Act, Co-Sponsored by Sen. Lesser, to Improve Patient Confidentiality
Sen. Eric P. Lesser today joined the Senate in passing a bill known as the PATCH Act, which ensures confidential healthcare information is not shared with anyone other than the patient when multiple people are on the same insurance plan. “This bill ensures patient confidentiality, thereby breaking down a significant barrier for those who might not otherwise seek care,” Sen. Lesser said. “Doing so will benefit young adults remaining on their parents’ health insurance plans, along with victims of domestic abuse and others who may wish for the services they receive to be kept confidential.”
The PATCH Act requires that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential and/or sensitive healthcare information is not shared with anyone other than the patient.
This information could include notice of STI testing or treatment related to substance abuse or domestic violence, as found on the common summary of payments form received by patients.
By providing greater privacy, the legislation will break down barriers to treatment, allowing people with medical concerns to seek medical help without fear of negative repercussions.