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

May 22, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112


AUSTIN - The Texas House today gave preliminary approval to 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 must be read and approved a third time in the House before returning to the Senate with amendments.

"Both chambers of the Legislature have now agreed that we need comprehensive medical privacy protections in Texas. This is a milestone for patient privacy in the information age, and I am so proud of this body for doing what is right for the people of Texas," Senator Nelson said. "It has been a tough road, but in the end it came down to the basic principles of right and wrong. It is not unreasonable to ask that our most sensitive medical information be handled with care and that lists of patients not be blasted out into cyberspace as a potential client base. We are not talking about the list of people who receive a Sear's Christmas catalog every year. This is highly sensitive information, and it should be treated as such."

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