Matsui brings rationality and common sense to the HIPAA conversation

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Big time props to Representative Doris Matsui for her level-headed approach to addressing the challenge many families face when trying to share information with providers who are treating their adult child who may be living at home. CMHNetwork Advisory Council member, Lisa Lambert, writes extensively about this issue and has pointed out that often the communication roadblock is that the provider doesn't fully understand what HIPAA regulations do and do not allow. The result of that lack of understanding on the part of the provider is often a quick turn to the default mode of "HIPAA won't allow us to do that."

We were thrilled to read Representative Matsui's bill that provides much needed clarifying language around HIPAA regulations. Most important, the bill provides $30 million over seven years to create model training programs for educating health care providers on what health information can be shared and in which scenarios. Thank you, Representative Matsui!

Both Matsui's bill and Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) will be reviewed in a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health hearing on Tuesday.

Thank you Representative Matsui!

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