Tell your state rep: Protect Confidential Health Care in Massachusetts

Tell your state representatives: protect patient privacy in Massachusetts and pass the PATCH bill. An Act to Protect Access to Confidential Health Care (PATCH) would establish greater privacy protections for those who are insured under another person’s health plan, like a parent or a spouse.

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Massachusetts residents deserve confidential care

Dear [Decision Maker],

Please help pass An Act to Protect Access to Confidential Health Care (H. 2960). This bill, known as PATCH, would establish greater privacy protections for those who are insured under another person's health plan, like a parent or a spouse.

I applaud the Massachusetts Legislature for the recent passage of the ACCESS law to protect access to no copay birth control and I am grateful for the swift action on that legislation. The ACCESS law made women's health care affordable -- we need PATCH to help ensure access to these services and others remain confidential.

According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, nine percent of young adults and nearly 20 percent of teens do not seek sexual and reproductive health care services because of concerns that their parents might find out.

This legislation will enhance patient privacy laws and create an avenue for insurers to send 'member-level' explanation of benefits (EOBs) directly to each insured individual, rather than to the primary subscriber, by allowing enrollees to choose their preferred method of receiving EOBs, including at an alternate address or through electronic means.



This gap in confidentiality and related fears of being shamed or harmed will continue to deter people from seeking out birth control, STD testing, or even domestic violence counseling services.

I urge you to protect confidential health care by prioritizing PATCH and moving this important legislation out of committee to the floor for a vote. By passing PATCH, we can better ensure everyone in Massachusetts can access the health care they need no matter what.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]