To not pass a city ordinance that can interfere with client health and privacy information

To not pass a city ordinance that can interfere with client health and privacy information

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Tarah Hilbrand started this petition to Billings City Council and

The City of Billings has a proposed ordinace to regulate Massage Therapy to try to alleviate our city from illicit sex parlors. In the process of doing so the ordinance language ties massage and sex together and defames a respected health care profession in our community. Most of all there are some issues that our city cannot fully answer and because they do not have proper procedure and specific guidelines put in place for law abiding Licensed Massage Therapists to follow, there could very well be a breech of HIPAA.

Licensed Massage Therapists are held to the same standard as any other health care profession in following standard HIPAA regulations to secure the privacy of our clients. They propose that at any point in time authorities and officials can come into our office and we need to provide them with all records client and financial related without a warrant and based on little to no merits. They have no ideas or indicate to have any ideas to navigate this issue properly.

After 3.5 years of working on this ordinance, if they haven't figured out a solution to this, then they are certainly not ready to file this ordinance into affect. They should not be asking a health care profession/provider to potentially violate a federal law.

So the question being...

Do you support the idea and the practice of your health care provider to give up your personal records and information to authorities based on minimal to no merits as to why they need them and without your knowledge?

Please sign this petition if you think this is a government overstep. 

Even if you don't live in Billings Montana or get services here this could be a ordinance coming to your city or communtiy soon. Your input counts as well. We need to hold our government officials accountable to making clear guidelines to navigate new laws and to not implement them if they don't.

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