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H.R. 5695: Emmett’s Law

The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5695

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Walberg, and Mrs. Dingell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to annually notify health care providers regarding permitted disclosures under Federal health care privacy law during emergencies, including overdoses, of certain health information to families, caregivers, and health care providers.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Emmett’s Law.

2.

Communication with families during emergencies

(a)

Promoting awareness of authorized disclosures during emergencies

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Administration of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall annually develop and disseminate written materials (electronically or by other means) to health care providers regarding permitted disclosures under Federal health care privacy law during emergencies, including overdoses, of certain health information to families, caregivers, and health care providers.

(b)

Use of material

For the purposes of carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services may use material produced under section 11004 of the 21st Century Cures Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2 note).