WASHINGTON - Treading carefully around the issue of medical privacy, industry representatives on Wednesday criticized a bill that would ban the sharing of consumers' health information among financial services affiliates and third parties.

In a hearing before the House Banking Committee, representatives of the American Bankers Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, the American Council of Life Insurers, and other trade groups testified that, though they support protecting medical information, they believe the bill is unduly burdensome and would have unintended consequences.

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