Man Denied Medical Attention After Social Security Number Removed From File

After a man asked to have his Social Security number removed from his medical records, a Yakima clinic told him to remove a portable heart monitor and turned him away.

Aram Langhans says the Yakima Heart Center already has his driver's license and Group Health card. The retired teacher told The Yakima Herald-Republic he thought he was being prudent when he asked the center to remove his Social Security number from his files.

His doctor had sent him to the center as an outpatient to monitor an irregular heartbeat.

Administrator Shawnie Haas declined to discuss the incident but says the Social Security is part of the routine information the center collects to verify identity and insurance coverage.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,