Maine Lawmakers Vote Against Bill to Include HIV Status in Shared Medical Records
February 9, 2009
The House Health and Human Services Committee in Maine last week voted against a bill that would have included a patient's HIV status in medical information shared between health care providers, the Bangor Daily News reports (Miller, Bangor Daily News, 2/5). The proposal, which would have overturned an existing law that requires patients to sign separate consent forms to include their HIV status with other shared medical information, was submitted Wednesday by Rep. Wright Pinkham (R) on behalf of constituent John Bertl. Speaking to the committee, Bertl said that the current law creates an unnecessary burden on health care providers, who must search patient records to redact references to HIV status. He also said that the current law is followed inconsistently.
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