The White House Web site has a “We the People” page where citizens can start an online petition to change public policy. A post to the site on March 25 petitions the Obama Administration to “Ask Congress to no longer prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from establishing standards for a unique patient identifier.” The rest of the petition reads:

“In 1996 Congress passed HIPAA which included provisions that required HHS to “adopt national standards for electronic healthcare transactions” and “a standard unique health identifier for each individual, employer, health plan, and health care provider for use in the healthcare system.”

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