Protect Our Right to Privacy

Protect Our Right to Privacy

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The “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 6082) would eliminate the right of persons with, or with a history of, substance use conditions to determine who may access their highly sensitive personal health information (including the use of illegal drugs), and how that access is used. The bill eliminates the individual’s right to consent to the release of substance use disorder information for “treatment, payment, and health care operations” purposes. This imminent change has the significant potential to result in the misuse of extremely sensitive personal health information -- resulting in unintentional or intentional discriminatory treatment, and rendering it more difficult for persons to seek help without risk of adverse consequences.

H.R. 6082 is unnecessary because the patient consent process in the current substance use disorder confidentiality regulations were updated in 2017 and 2018 to better coordinate patient care among providers.

H.R. 6082 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in June and is now being considered by the U.S. Senate. The right for each individual to determine who gains access to private health information and how that information is used has been the rule of law in the United States for nearly five decades. Should this fundamental right to privacy be lost, hundreds of thousands of people will be unnecessarily harmed and will avoid needed treatment. Moreover, it may take another generation of effort to re-establish these safeguards to the level of privacy and protection that exists today.

There has never been a greater need for access to substance use disorder treatment then the present day during the ongoing opioid crisis. At the same time this legislation would put in place this major roadblock that would cause those in need and otherwise ready to recoil from entering treatment.

To protect your information, or the information of your loved ones, please sign this petition to let the U.S. Senate know that you oppose the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, H.R. 6082, now.

 

Thank you, on behalf of the over 23 million people in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction across America, our families, friends and allies.  As well as the hundreds of national and local organizations who have signed on to the Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights Consensus Principles.

 

 

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