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revealing birthdate for RX
Ann Dellarocco writes:
I live in NY and a pharmacist refused to fill my prescription
because I would not give my age in a store full of people, stating
that he has my SS# on the back of my membership card.
I checked with Advoc. office and was told: There is no law that
you must give it. I went to a new pharmacist and they have a
big sign: You must give it.
I filed a complaint and am told by investigator: There is no
I believe that is correct, but there is also no law that prohibits
commercial entities from requiring your SS# as a condition of doing
My HMO wrote me a letter saying: It is a law and you must give
it, that they follow the rules of CONNECTICUT (I am in the New
York chapter), and then in a subsequent phone conversation the
girl told me: It is FEDERAL which means nationwide.
I believe that is a erroneous. In fact, there *is* a Federal law that
prohibits any governmental body from requiring disclosure of your SS#
other than for a certain short list of permissible purposes and, as I
recall, medical applications are not on the list. Unfortunately,
drivers licenses are on the list.
For more information, I recommend that you consult the SSN FAQ, which
I believe is at Web location cpsr.org/cpsr/privacy/ssn/html/SSN-FAQ.html
though I can't verify that from here.
Does anyone know if there is a LAW and if so, which law, in NEW
YORK stating I cannot get a RX filled UNLESS I GIVE MY BIRTHDATE?
Dunno about that.
-Les Earnest, not a lawyer and don't pretend to be one