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

Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaBiden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy It's time for a second Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable MORE (D-Fla.) corrected former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden moves vaccine eligibility by almost two weeks Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room 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 TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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.