Welcome to the database:  Health Care Bill Directs HHS Secretary to Develop ‘Standards for Measuring Gender’–As Opposed to ‘Male’ and ‘Female’

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s health care legislation will give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to develop “standards of measuring gender” — as opposed to using the traditional “male” and “female” categories — in a database of all who apply or participate in government-run or government-supported health care plans.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is required by the proposed law — The Affordable Health Choices Act,which was voted out of committee on July 15  —  to create a database within one year of the law’s enactment that will include detailed information about those who sign up for government-run or supported health care programs, including their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language and disabilities.

…The legislation says that the purpose of the database is to “detect and monitor trends in health disparities” at “federal and state levels.”

The legislation also says the database will be made available to a wide range of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Office for Minority Health, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

It also stipulates that the database will be secure and will protect individual privacy.

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