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April 2013



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This Friday morning, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will be holding a hearing entitled, “Does HIPAA Help or Hinder Patient Care and Public Safety?” The hearing is part of a series of public efforts on the part of Subcommittee Chair Rep. Tim Murphy to claim that people with psychiatric disabilities are dangerous public safety threats and that our mental health system is biased towards patient rights. 


HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guarantees your right of privacy in health care settings. It’s the law that makes sure that your doctor can’t decide to share your private, confidential medical information with others without your permission. HIPAA already includes exceptions for emergency situations and law enforcement necessity. Despite that, Rep. Murphy and his allies want to weaken HIPAA further and threaten your privacy rights.


Stand up for privacy by  signing our petition calling on Rep. Murphy to reconsider his attack on HIPAA. Take action today – before it’s too late!

Take Action!


Should Congress Be Able To Disclose Your Medical Records?


Dear Friend:


Should your doctor have the right to share your private mental health records without your permission? This Friday, the House Energy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee will be taking up this very issue as part of Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy’s attack on the HIPAA privacy rights of people with psychiatric disabilities. We’ll be showing up to try and send a message by packing the room with supporters of disability rights – but we need your help.


Join us at 8:30 AM outside Room 2123 in the Rayburn House Office Building to defend the privacy rights of people with disabilities. The hearing, entitled “Does HIPAA Help or Hinder Patient Care and Public Safety?”, will begun at 9 AM. ASAN and our supporters will begin lining up outside the hearing room at 8:30 to make sure we get seats.


All supporters of our cause who join us will get a free, orange “Nothing About Us, Without Us!” t-shirt that we encourage you to put on and wear during the hearing. We want Rep. Murphy and anyone else on the Committee who decides to attack our privacy rights to see a sea of orange-clad voters with disabilities in the audience!


RSVP with our event on facebook or, if you aren’t on facebook, e-mail us at lbrown@autisticadvocacy.org. I hope to see you there!




Ari Ne’eman


Autistic Self Advocacy Network

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