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Connecticut patient privacy rights bill needs citizen support

The State of Connecticut is on track to collect all of your medical insurance claims information into a large data base called the All-Payers Claims Database- APCD. Senate Bill 130 has been raised to allow patients a mechanism to prevent their data from being included in the APCD by using either an opt-in or opt-out option. This bill would make the APCD directly accountable to consumers for its actions as they would be able to choose who sees this medical information. But right now many state agencies have expressed opposition to that choice because of the cost and the possible decrease to the data base. So unless citizens express their support of SB 130 to the members of the Public Health Committee now, the bill may never get out of committee to go to the legislature for a vote, and we will lose this control over our medical information.