Springfield state lawmakers are absolutely tone deaf. Can you believe that another Leftist has introduced yet another bill to make your private health records public when they are, and should remain, absolutely private?
A little more than a week ago State Representative Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), introduced HB 4640, the Access to Public Health Data Act. This proposal would:
“make any and all public health data related to residents of that local health department’s jurisdiction available to that local health department for the purposes of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.”
The bill also states that:
“…the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Children and Family Services may adopt any rules necessary to implement the Act.”
In other words, your private medical records would be made available to other agencies for “the purposes of preventing or controlling disease…”. Sound familiar?
We have repeatedly seen attempts to do away with the protection and privacy of personal medical information. Just last week Illinois residents flooded the Illinois General Assembly with opposition to a similar bill, HB 4244, which would have created a vaccine registry through the Department of Public Health. HB 4640 would include “any and all public health data” including vaccine records.
HB 4640 has been assigned to the Human Services Committee and is scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 9:00 AM. Please take a minute to file a witness slip in opposition.
Take Action: Please click HERE to file a witness slip in opposition to HB 4640.
-Fill out your name, address, email and phone number. Leave everything else blank or put self.
-Highlight “Opponent” and “Record of Appearance Only.”
-Check Terms of Agreement and click Create Slip.
Please click HERE to urge your state representative to oppose HB 4640. Ask “why” they suddenly need this information and “how” they plan on using it in the future. Point out that this is a huge overreach of government and will only foster distrust in public health.