Call Congress to Oppose National Patient ID Amendment

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Contact Congress TODAY to Oppose National Patient ID Amendment

Today, July 30, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on an amendment to impose a National Patient ID. 

Officially called a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI), the amendment would REPEAL the current prohibition on funding and establishing a national patient ID. 

We're asking you to call Congress today and ask them to vote NO on the Unique Patient Identifier amendment.

The UPI would combine all of your private information, creating a master key that would open the door to every American’s medical, financial and other private data. Each American would be issued a single number for all their medical records.

TODAY: The U.S. House is planning to pass language to repeal the 20-year prohibition on this tracking number.

Details: The bill is H.R. 7617 - the all-encompassing appropriations bill. Essentially there are seven appropriations bill in ONE bill, H.R. 7617. The amendment to permit the funding and establishment of the UPI is sponsored by Congressman Foster (D-IL) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) will be voted on TONIGHT. As written in the list of 340 amendments: 

"#4 (REVISED) Strikes Section 510, thereby removing a ban on HHS promulgating rules on unique patient identifiers."

TAKE ACTION TODAY:

Please contact your members of Congress (U.S. Representatives) today, and tell them to OPPOSE the Foster/Kelly Appropriations Amendment to impose Unique Patient IDs on all AmericansIf you are active on social media, use the hashtag #StopPatientID  (See contact numbers below)

 

5 Reasons to Oppose a National Patient ID

1.  Singular Patient Data Treasure Trove  A UPI would link every piece of data in every medical record of every patient into one longitudinal digital dossier. No escape.

2.  No Consent Needed  Thanks to the HIPAA data-sharing rule, over 2.2 million entities could have access to this information according to the federal government without your consent.

3.  Control Over Care – This information could be used for rationing care, predictive analytics and a vast array of other uses without patient consent.

4.  Security Concerns – This single ID number creates a one-stop shop for outside entities, including potential hackers and cybersecurity breaches.

5.  No Card, No Care – This federally-issued ID card would also become mandatory for patient access to care. 

 

Click here to find your Members of Congress and their contact information or call: 202-225-3121