March 17, 2001
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: Privacy I
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 801
200 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Dear Honorable Tommy Thompson,
Thank you for delaying the February 26, 2000 implementation of HIPAA. It is encouraging to know that we have governemnt leaders looking out for the welfare of the family and morality in health care
We wanted to adress the following HIPAA regulation:
CHILD/PARENT BARRIER: Parents may not be allowed to have access to the medical record information of their minor children and children may be treated without consent. [§164.502(g)(1) Standard: Personal representatives]
This regulation is in direct conflict with the Catholic teaching of subsidiarity, whereby the lowest level in society, the family through parents have God-given rights over their children. The thought that the U.S goverment officials were even contemplating to deprive the right of medical information from parents is scary.
Please make whatever changes neccesarry to remove this regulation from HIPAA and restore parental rights protection for our children in all health plans.
Since we are not health care financing experts, we trust that any other privacy issues that might be harmful to our society will be revised as you rexamine HIPAA. Our prayers are with you in your efforts to protect parents authority over their children and patient-physician relationships, and to make health care financing and administration accountable to the American people.
We look forward to hearing from you and/or your staff on the changes HHS makes to HIPAA.
Very sincerely yours,