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New Hampshire Lawmakers Considering Patient Privacy Bill

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 8, 2010

New Hampshire lawmakers are scheduled to hear a bill on Tuesday that would give patients more control of their medical records, the Citizen of Laconia reports. New Hampshire previously prohibited the sharing of medical records without patient permission, but the enactment of HIPAA "has been interpreted to override state law," says Rep. Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua). House Bill 1649 seeks to give patients the right to request reports of specific instances when their electronic medical records have been accessed by healthcare providers within the prior three years. The bill affirms that consent must be sought or refusal to consent acknowledged before health information is shared, a principle endorsed by the American Medical Association, the report states.

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