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Texas Senate Passes Healthcare Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 25, 2011

The Texas Senate has passed Bill 622, which seeks to strengthen personal health information protection beyond the provisions of federal law, Star Local News reports. "Medical records include highly sensitive information, and the misuse of this information can put patients at risk for severe financial and personal consequences," said Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), who introduced the legislation. "This bill protects patients from having their information improperly sold to unauthorized third parties and ensures that patients have the right to access their own electronic medical records." Senate Bill 622 updates the state's medical privacy laws in light of technological advances and "expands upon federal privacy protections," the report states.
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