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Changes to the vaccine tracking system needs to be opt-in, not opt-out as proposed

Location: NH
Title: Changes to the vaccine tracking system needs to be opt-in, not opt-out as proposed
Identifier: HB 383
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, referred to an Interim Study Committee, 1/21/16

Description:

UPDATE: 1/21/2016 - HB 383 was referred to an Interim Study over the summer, effectively killing the bill.   http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=772&sy=2016&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2016&txtbillnumber=HB383&q=1 

UPDATE: 1/4/2016 - HB 383 was re-referred to the Senate Health Committee on June 4, 2015.  Bills in NH carry over from odd numbered to even numbered years, so this bill is still alive.  It will be voted on at the first senate session in Jan. 2016.  The session starts up on Jan. 6, 2016.

The current version of this bill needs to be opposed because it has been amended to be an “opt-out” registry for all children and adults in NH, consumer protections against being denied medical care base on vaccination status was stripped from the bill, the bill creates a new blanket vaccine mandate and there are no privacy protections and no liability for hacking of private, personal information.   If the bill is not amended to fix these problems, it needs to die.  Amendments that are needed are:

a. Make it an “OPT-IN” voluntary state vaccine registry, with a dated signature required

b. Remove Section IV (c) as it creates a new blanket vaccine mandate

c. Put in patient protections against being denied medical care based on vaccination status

d. Put in liability for failure to safeguard private, protected information from hackers

http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=772&sy=2015&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2015&txtbillnumber=HB383&q=1 - status for HB 383

http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/15056677-95/years-in-the-making-nh-immunization-registry-hits-snag-during-rulemaking - news article about the registry

UPDATE: HB 383 is scheduled to be heard on the house floor 3/11/15.

HB 383 had a  hearing on 2/3/2015 in the House, Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. The bill is still in that committee. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Kurk, and Cordelli and Senator Sanborn

HB 383 stipulates important privacy protections to individuals (reaffirming the intent and protections of the original legislation that the vaccine registry would be voluntary) while providing for state tracking of individuals who desire participation.  This government vaccine registry does not replace individual medical records, school records, or medical records that a doctor would maintain.  This bill has no impact on vaccine mandates.

Please email and call the committee members to express your support for this bill as written. 



The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee members can be found and contacted here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?code=H09



http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtsessionyear=2015&txtbillnumber=HB383

 - status and history for HB 383