House Again Votes to Lift National Patient ID Ban

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

For the second year in a row, the House of Representatives has voted to lift the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development or adoption of a unique, national patient identifier.

On July 30, the House approved the bipartisan Foster-Kelly amendment, sponsored by Congressmen Bill Foster, D-Ill. and Mike Kelly, R-Penn., as part of the House fiscal 2021 appropriations bill for the departments of labor, health and human services and education.

The amendment strikes a two-decade old appropriations provision that...

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