Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES MEDICAL PRIVACY ACT

AUSTIN - The Texas Senate today approved the Texas Medical Privacy Act (SB 11) authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to prevent the release of medical information without a patient's consent. The bill now goes to House for consideration.

"Texas patients scored a major victory today, and I am thankful that the Senate did the right thing," Senator Nelson, who has been pushing privacy legislation for the past two sessions, said. "We are moving closer to sealing our medical files against third-party access and shutting the door on those marketing firms who have been rifling through our medicine cabinets. Our health is our business."

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Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties.

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