Attorney Kate Healy Gives Opinion on Ballot Question One
Ballot question one in the upcoming Maine election addresses a new social service and taxation program to support those who work with elderly and disabled Mainers who would rather remain in their own homes. In a Seacoast Online article providing details on the question, attorney Kate Healy was quoted on her concern for privacy issues related to the election of board members. Question One states that the board will receive a list of "all persons eligible to vote within the constituent categories." Kate believes that "this type of disclosure violates federal medical privacy law because 'campaigning for elections' is not an exception to disclosure of patient information under HIPAA" and that information on elderly or disabled Mainers would be used without their knowledge.
To read the full article, find Seacoast Online's article here.