Minor youth often feel the need to know that the information they share with healthcare providers is confidential, even in states where minors have the right to consent to services, according to this report by a Washington-based nonprofit that researches adolescent health.
The report provides an overview of states’ minor consent laws and discusses the use of explanation-of-benefit (EOB) statements by state Medicaid agencies and managed-care organizations. It explains how and why EOBs are issued, and addresses the consequences of state policies for adolescents and for health professionals. It includes data on state protections for sensitive services. Free, nine pages. (202) 223-1500, www.incenterstrategies.org/jan07/factsheet5.pdf.