The HCFA-led "Protecting Access to Confidential Health Care" (PATCH) Alliance is a broad-based group of provider, advocacy, and community-based organizations concerned with maintaining confidentiality in health insurer communications with their members.
The PATCH Act
An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare (Chapter 63 of the Acts of 2018), sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow), was signed by the Governor into law on March 30, 2018.
This law fixes a crucial barrier to accessing health care by ensuring that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared with anyone other than the patient. Learn more background about this law.
Learn more about how to utilize these new confidentiality protections:
- Patient Fact Sheet
- FAQs for patients
- Patient script: How to request confidentiality
- Infographic: Understanding the PATCH Law
- What to do if you experience problems accessing confidentiality protections