The Wall Street Journal reports on potential efforts to amend or replace the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in the wake of COVID-19-related health privacy dilemmas. Health policy professionals expect questions around HIPAA's scope and coverage to be more frequent, which will lead to a legislative remedy from U.S. Congress. HIPAA "worked fairly well" when it was written, said Gonzaga University Assistant Professor of Law Mason Marks. "But today, in the Information Age, we need something new." Editor's note: WilmerHale's Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, discussed the pandemic's effect on health privacy regulation in Privacy Perspectives.
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