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Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies

Posted By admin On June 17, 2013 @ 8:44 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

PAUL BEDARD
Washington Examiner [1]
June 17, 2013

A new rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service.

Personal health information, or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health “exchanges.”

The ruling, explained on pages 72-73 of the book-thick guidance, does not mention any requirement that applicants first OK the release of their PHI.

HHS already allows some exchange of PHI [2] without an individual’s pre-approval, especially when for a “government program providing public benefits.” Officials said the swapping of information is simply meant to help figure the best insurance coverge of Obamacare users.

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[1] Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-will-share-personal-health-info-with-federal-state-agencies/article/2531990

[2] already allows some exchange of PHI: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/

[3] Administration Admits to Court: Under Obamacare, Select Group Can Get Health Care, Not Pay for It, Not Buy Insurance, Not Pay Penalty: http://www.prisonplanet.com/administration-admits-to-court-under-obamacare-select-group-can-get-health-care-not-pay-for-it-not-buy-insurance-not-pay-penalty.html

[4] “The Federal Government Now Requires That We Ask You The Following Personal Questions”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-federal-government-now-requires-that-we-ask-you-the-following-personal-questions.html

[5] Is Missouri tracking personal info through drivers licenses, gun permits?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-missouri-tracking-personal-info-through-drivers-licenses-gun-permits.html

[6] Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146%: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rate-shock-in-california-obamacare-to-increase-individual-health-insurance-premiums-by-64-146.html

[7] Obamacare: Californians will pay 10th highest rates in country under health exchange: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamacare-californians-will-pay-10th-highest-rates-in-country-under-health-exchange.html

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