Shalala corrects Spicer on HIPAA: 'I should know, I wrote it'

Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-Fla.) corrected former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerRealClearPolitics editor corrects Giuliani on Pennsylvania claim: 'This is false' Job-seeking Trump officials likely to get chilly reception on K Street Trump challenges electoral process as hopes for victory fade MORE on Twitter on Monday after he suggested that naming a White House staffer who tested positive for coronavirus violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

“It’s one thing to report an additional staffer in the White House has tested positive but revealing their name seems like a violation of HIPPA,” Spicer tweeted in response to a report that Chad Gilmartin, an aide to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, had tested positive.

“That's not how HIPAA works,” Shalala tweeted in response. “I should know...I wrote it.”


Shalala served as secretary of Health and Human Services under former-President Clinton from 1993 to 2001.

HIPAA, which passed in 1996, bars the release of sensitive medical information without a patient’s consent.

Shalala’s tweet came the same day that White House doctor Sean Conley cited HIPAA to say he could not go into further detail about President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE’s progress at Walter Reed Medical Center over his treatment for COVID-19.

McEnany and two of her press aides are the latest people in Trump's orbit to announce that they have tested positive for the coronavirus, following his campaign manager and three GOP senators, among others.