MHRA Bill Gets Shut Down in Senate Committee

A bill that would align the Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) with HIPAA standards was tabled by its author when several GOP members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy voiced their opposition and passage appeared unlikely. 

The bill (SF 1575), authored by Sen. Eric Pratt (R – Prior Lake), is intended to maintain patient privacy protections while eliminating burdensome requirements that prevent physicians from providing the safest and most coordinated care possible.

Modernization of the MHRA is supported by a broad list of health care organizations, payers, business groups, and patient advocates including the Minnesota Hospital Association, the ALS Association, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Business Partnership.  The legislation is one of the MMA’s 2019 legislative priorities.  

The House companion, HF 831, authored by Rep. Laurie  Halverson (DFL-Eagan), has passed through one committee. Advocates, including the MMA, have been pressing for a hearing in the House Judiciary and Civil Law Committee in the coming days.