Did the massively huge healthcare insurance reform The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare eliminate or override the HIPPA rules? With the healthcare insurance companies getting tons of personal information from the Federal Government mandates, what does the new law allow insurance companies to do with that information?
This came up in conversation with some friends recently. One friend had a surgical mesh put in many years ago; it has never been an issue. A few months ago she started having some abdominal issues which were diagnosed as a hernia and repaired. Sometime between diagnosis and getting the surgery to repair the hernia she stated getting phone calls from third parties about her options since she has a surgical mesh implanted. Now how did they find that out after all these years?
Another relayed a story of someone they knew that started having seizures about 3 years ago. It took a few months for them to do all the testing for a diagnosis of Epilepsy. A few more months to get them regulated on seizure medications. A few months after that they started getting phone calls from the Epilepsy foundation!
Another told how in the past year they had an MRI for some low back pain. A few months later a third party company called them offering “Back Braces” their health insurance would pay for!
If you know of any stories I’d love to hear them. I’m starting to believe the new healthcare laws are giving the insurance companies broad authority to use patient information. Please ask your friends if they have received any phone calls or solicitations directly related to a medical situation over the last 3 years.
If this is true then that is one more area of this monstrosity called Obamacare that needs repealing!
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