EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy advocates have urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject a request by health insurance companies to make unlimited health-related robocalls to consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The insurance companies asked the FCC to amend the TCPA so that once a consumer provides her phone number to her doctor, she has "consented" to receiving telemarketing calls from other health care providers on anything medically related. The coalition comments, led by the National Consumer Law Center, urge the FCC to limit the scope of consumers' consent to medical robocalls by exclude telemarketing calls and allowing only calls related to the original reason the consumer provided her phone number. EPIC supports robust telephone privacy protections and filed an amicus brief in support of the FCC's 2015 order that strengthened consumer protections under the TCPA.
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