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Mayes joins states urging Biden to enact new reproductive health HIPAA rule

Last week, Attorney General Kris Mayes joined 23 states and Washington, D.C., in a letter supporting stronger protections for patients’ reproductive health information.

According to a press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the Biden administration is considering adding amendments to the HIPAA privacy rule.

The changes would make it illegal to share a patient's protected health information if it is being sought for certain criminal, civil and administrative investigations against a patient who received a legal abortion.

It would also cover other reproductive care that is protected under federal law regardless of a person’s state. 

In a statement, Mayes said, "In a post-Roe world, strong protections for patients' health information are critical to ensuring private medical data is not misused or weaponized by anti-abortion extremists."

The group of states signed the letter supporting the proposed amendments, and say the guardrails would help protect reproductive health information.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.