About the bill
Should you have a “patient ID” number that stays with you for life, like with your Social Security number?
In 1996, in response to the earliest nascent forms of electronic or digital health records, a portion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated “unique patient health identifiers.” Similar to Social Security numbers, these were supposed to be numbers that tracked a specific patient across electronic health record systems in their dealings with doctors, physicians, and hospitals over the course of their life.
But starting in 1998, amid fears of government overreach or that the system would be misused, the annual Health and Human Services Department appropriations bill banned any federal funds from being used to develop the health identifier system. This ban was renewed ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Junior Senator for Kentucky. Republican.
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Length: 1 page
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on September 24, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
What legislators are saying
Sep 24, 2019
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S. 2538 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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