BOSTON, MA – On Feb. 14, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues in passing legislation to protect patients’ access to confidential health care. In an effort to maintain the confidentiality of patients covered as dependents on another person’s insurance policy, the “PATCH Act” requires insurance carriers to issue common summary of payment forms directly to the patient.
“Every Massachusetts resident should have the ability to make confidential health care decisions of their choice,” said Senator Friedman. “Too often, patients are reluctant to get certain treatment services for fear that their personal health information may be shared with a parent or spouse. This bill ensures a patient’s right to privacy and increases access to healthcare for those seeking treatment services that they need.”