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HHS finalizes reproductive health data protections

April 23, 2024


The Biden administration finalized a rule Monday that bars providers, health plans and other entities covered by HIPAA from disclosing protected health information that could be used to investigate abortions.

The regulation from the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, first proposed last year, aims to strengthen privacy protections for patients who seek reproductive care such as abortion, IVF and birth control and providers who offer legal reproductive healthcare services, administration officials said during a press conference.

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