- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Senators have approved legislation letting patients choose where information about their use of health care benefits is sent.

The bill’s supporters say it ensures privacy for people covered by someone else’s insurance, such as young people on their parents’ policy. Supporters also say the proposal would protect victims of sexual or domestic abuse.

The measure cleared the Senate in a 17-12 vote on Monday. It now heads to the governor.

The bill would let patients have their explanation of benefits and other information about their health care sent to an address different than the policyholder’s. Such communication could include information about the doctor’s appointment and the services provided.

Critics of the measure say federal law already requires insurance companies to offer privacy to abuse victims who request it.

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