A California state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would hold health insurance companies criminally liable if they disclose medical information to parents or guardians about their dependents, including details about procedures that have been performed without their knowledge.
Services and procedures mentioned in SB 1004, the “Confidentiality of Medical Information Act” include drug abuse and mental health treatments, abortions, and experimental gender transition hormones and related surgical procedures.
In a fact-sheet released by Democratic state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, the claim is that the legislation is necessary to protect young adults who remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 from being shamed or hurt by the policyholder who disagrees with their healthcare choices.
The religious advocacy group Catholic Citizens of Illinois raised concerns, saying, “This bill not only hides the medical service used by young adults from their parents, but it also hides services for ‘a minor who can consent to a health care service without the consent of a parent or legal guardian …”
California Family Council President Jonathan Keller said in a statement to The Christian Post that “government bureaucrats should not be helping Planned Parenthood undermine parents’ rights to guide and oversee the healthcare of their children.”
“Transparency matters. The owner of an insurance policy deserves to know what medical procedures they are paying for. If an adult under 26 wants insurance privacy, they can and should purchase their own insurance,” he added.
California state law currently allows minors to give consent to the following medical procedures and treatments in cases of: abortion; drug and alcohol related problems; HIV/AIDS; certain infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases; mental health drugs and counseling; pregnancy and birth control; and sexual assault, according to the California Healthcare Foundation.
Under the new bill, insurers would be held criminally liable if they informed parents or guardians that their insurance policies were paying for any of these procedures for their children.
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Editors note. This post was written by Brandon Showalter. Originally posted at the Christian Post. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen
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