House Republicans Concerned About HHS Plan To Collect Data.

CQ (10/15, Norman, Subscription Publication) reported, “House Republicans say they’re worried that a proposed Health and Human Services risk adjustment rule that includes data collection would expose Americans’ private health information.” As a result, Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Denny Rehberg (R-MT) “have sent letters to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about a rule proposed July 11 that aims to encourage insurance companies to cover people who traditionally pose high risks because of their costly health conditions.” But HHS officials argue that collection of the data “is necessary for a successful risk adjustment program.” Furthermore, Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, explained, “CMS does not propose that states collect personal data such as name, Social Security number or address for the risk adjustment program.”

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