Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service acting chief Daniel Werfel requesting information about a March 2011 IRS search and seizure of as many as 60 million medical records from a California health care provider.

The letter comes after a recent lawsuit was filed over the IRS's alleged seizure of over 10 million American patients’ medical information in the course of executing a warrant related to a former employee’s financial records. As the IRS will be tasked with implementing much of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, committee leaders said they are concerned about what restrictions and safeguards are in place to ensure that Americans’ medical information remains protected.

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