While peaceful demonstrators stood on
law makers met to discuss the Minnesota Insurance Exchange (part of
that meeting I noted a certain frenzy to pass the “data” section out of
committee by the Democrat members... without any legal guidelines for
the appeals process for eligibility and determination or any money
available to maintain it. The money for the exchange would come from
withholding up to 3.5 percent of our insurance premiums!
And as for appeals — we were told to just trust the government.
Therewas confusion as to what private information would be required in orderto use the exchange. However, that confusion doesn’t really matterbecause in May of 2012 section HHS 153.340 dealing with Obamacare wentinto effect. Health and Human Services (HHS) says medical recorddatabases need to be developed to implement what healthcare policyexperts call “risk adjustment methodologies,” under the guise thathealth risk factors be fairly distributed across the insurance pool.
Thestate, or HHS will be collecting our medical records. Where diddoctor-patient confidentiality go? Where did HIPAA go? This isintrusive! The type of information to be collected and stored awayincludes individual diagnoses, the type of care provided, healthcareproviders seen, the amount paid, out-of-pocket liabilities, demographicdata and encrypted social security numbers.
HHS claims our records will be de-identified and researchers will be allowed access. What is the intent of the research?
Allowing such a database to be created could be a back door to greater government control.
Ourstate leaders need to take a close look at what is good forMinnesotans. The folks in St. Paul need to stop the Minnesota InsuranceExchange in its tracks. Collection of our medical records has nothingto do with insuring the uninsured.