SB 61 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 61
SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Rep. Hynes, Hills. 21; Rep. McBeath, Rock. 26
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
20Apr2017... 1293h 17-0781
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
560:22 Medical Records of Deceased Spouse or Next of Kin. Where there is no estate administration, the surviving spouse or next of kin of the deceased may obtain the medical records of the deceased as provided in RSA 332-I:13.
332-I:13 Medical Records of Deceased Spouse or Next of Kin.
I. Where there is no estate administration, the surviving spouse or next of kin of the deceased is designated the personal representative of the deceased for the limited purpose of obtaining the medical records of the deceased. Such authority shall automatically cease upon the initiation of estate administration or the death of the surviving spouse or next of kin.
II.(a) "Next of kin" means:
(1) Adult child by blood or adoption only in the absence of a surviving spouse.
(2) Parent, only in the absence of a surviving spouse or adult child.
(b) If 2 or more relatives in the same category qualify as next of kin, each shall be considered the deceased's personal representative under this section.
III.(a) Where there is no estate administration, the requestor shall provide:
(1) A notarized affidavit, pursuant to paragraph VII, indicating he or she is authorized to access the patient's records;
(2) An authorization in compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. section 1320d et seq., and the regulations implementing such act ("HIPAA"); and
(3) A copy of the death certificate.
(b) Upon request, a health care provider, as defined in RSA 332-I:1, II(b), shall provide the surviving spouse or next of kin with a copy of the legal medical records of the deceased, unless the deceased has indicated or any court of competent jurisdiction has ordered that the surviving spouse or next of kin not have access to those records. The health care provider shall provide such records within the time frame established under 45 C.F.R. 164.524(b)(2). Requests under this subparagraph shall be valid within the time frame established under RSA 508:4.
(c) A health care provider shall not release mental health records or other medical records afforded additional privacy protection under other state or federal law.
IV. A health care provider shall not be required to initiate a conversation with a patient on the subject of access to the information in a medical record by a surviving spouse or next of kin.
V. Any provider shall be justified in relying upon the affidavit provided in accordance with paragraph III.
VI. Any provider or person who in good faith releases copies of medical records in accordance with this section shall not have violated any criminal law or be civilly liable to the patient, the deceased patient's estate, or to any other person for the release of such medical records.
VII. An affidavit in the following form shall be used by any surviving spouse or next of kin seeking records under this section.
AFFIDAVIT OF SURVIVING SPOUSE OR NEXT OF KIN
SEEKING ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS
I, ______________________________, being duly sworn, do hereby state as follows:
As "Surviving Spouse" or "Next of Kin" to ____________________(name of "decedent"), I am requesting a copy of a decedent's legal medical record.
I acknowledge and understand that Next of Kin includes the following surviving individuals:
1) Adult child by blood or adoption only in the absence of a surviving spouse.
2) Parent only in the absence of a surviving spouse or adult child.
I represent that, as the surviving spouse, adult child by blood or adoption, parent (circle one) of the decedent, that I am the Surviving Spouse or Next of Kin and that there is no survivor of higher priority.
I hereby represent and affirm that no estate administration has been initiated on behalf of the decedent and that I have not applied and been denied access to the requested records by any court.
I declare subject to the criminal penalty of false swearing established in RSA 641:2 that the foregoing statements are true and correct.
Date: ______________ Signed: ____________________________
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
COUNTY OF ___________________
Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on the _____day of _____, 20__, by________________________ (name of person).
Approved: June 08, 2017
Effective Date: January 01, 2018
|Jan. 24, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|March 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 28, 2017||House||Hearing|
|April 4, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
Jan. 1, 2018: Signed by the Governor on 06/08/2017; Chapter 0108; Effective 01/01/2018
May 18, 2017: Enrolled (In recess 05/18/2017); SJ 18
May 18, 2017: Enrolled 05/18/2017 HJ 16 P. 9
May 11, 2017: Sen. Bradley Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 05/11/2017; SJ 16
April 20, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 1293h: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 4
April 20, 2017: Amendment # 2017-1293h: AA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 4
April 20, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1293h for 04/20/2017 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 20 P. 5
April 4, 2017: Executive Session: 04/04/2017 09:30 AM LOB 205
March 28, 2017: Public Hearing: 03/28/2017 10:30 AM LOB 205
March 9, 2017: Introduced 03/09/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 10 P. 76
March 16, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0792s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Amendment # 2017-0792s, AA, VV; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0792s, 03/16/2017; SC 14
Jan. 24, 2017: Hearing: 01/24/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:40 pm; SC 7
Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 4