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Relating to patient medical records regarding maternal death.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 559 would require a hospital, birthing center, or other custodian of a patient's medical records, within 30 days after receiving a request from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) (as opposed to the current unspecified number of days), to submit the medical records of a patient who was pregnant at the time of death or was pregnant at any time in the year preceding the patient's death. SB 559 also provides that any personally identifying information in a patient's medical records is confidential and not public information.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 559 because it does not appear to affect our liberty principles.