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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Joins Effort to Stop National Database of Private Health Care Information

October 13, 2011
Press Release

October 13, 2011

Tipton Joins Effort to Stop National Database of Private Health Care Information

Washington, DC—Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), joined 36 of his House colleagues in urging the Appropriations Committee to prohibit funding the implementation of the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule that would create a national database of private health care information (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment, HHS-OS-2011-0022).

The proposed rule lays out three options to collect the data, including two that require the submission of sensitive private health care data (such as the type of care received, the amount paid for services, demographics, etc.) and private insurer actuarial risk model calculations to a centralized health care database.

In the letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Subcommittee Chairman Denny Rehberg, the Members write, “The creation of a centralized health care database and potential government access to raw claims data constitute government overreach, impinge on patients' rights to privacy and potentially jeopardize fair competition in the health care market. Therefore, I ask that you insert language prohibiting funding for the implementation of such a database or the access of private health care records into any omnibus appropriations bill.”

“The question is why the federal government needs access to our personal health care information in a national database. The answer is: it doesn’t. This is an example of big government overreach at its finest,” Tipton said. “There are good options available to securely and efficiently manage digital medical records, but a national government database is not one of them.”

Read the full letter here.