In Ohio, a minor can hold title to real or personal property, but a minor can purchase and own an automobile only if the minor's parent or guardian expressly authorizes that purchase. In Minnesota, a minor can hold title to real or personal property, but a State statute prohibits a minor from owning an automobile except in certain circumstances. None of the states in our region impose any particular restrictions concerning the age of the minor.
The conversation bounced around the table, with several mothers chiming in with anecdotes and advice.Furthermore, the law only allows the Department of Health Services to disclose patient identifying data to an agent of the Department, health care provider for verification purposes, or federal or state entity for epidemiological research.4 Wisconsin regulations specify information that is considered patient identifying, and therefore confidential, such as the patient’s date of birth, patient’s employment status, and hospitalization dates.5 Wisconsin law also protects the confidentiality of treatment records for mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse patients, and prohibits the disclosure of patient identifying information.6 In order to disclose whether a person is receiving any such treatment, a patient’s written informed consent must be given, except in limited circumstances, such as program evaluation, research or to law enforcement.7 Wisconsin generally requires a person to authorize the release of their drug or disease test results.For example, employers may only access their employee’s genetic test results if the employee consents.8 However, Wisconsin requires providers to report, without the test subject’s consent, positive drug test results to a child welfare agency whenever the test subject is the mother of an infant or an expectant mother.9 Additionally, the results of HIV tests may be released without the test subject’s consent to various persons that need to information because they have been exposed to the test subject’s bodily fluid or the information is necessary to ensure their safety.10 State law also prohibits the use or disclosure of information obtained regarding Medicaid patients or applicants not connected to the administration of benefits.11 Wisconsin also gives similar protections to information regarding Medicare beneficiaries or applicants.12 A number of Wisconsin’s privacy regulations also apply to private health insurance companies.“She’ll be a sophomore next year, and he’ll be a senior. In Wisconsin, the legal age of consent (the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to sex) is 18 years old.I dated seniors when I was a sophomore, and it was fine. The state defines “sexual contact” as intentional touching of someone’s “intimate parts” with any body part or object (clothed or unclothed), or intentional penile ejaculation, urination, or defecation anywhere on someone’s body (clothed or unclothed).One of the other women, we’ll call her Jessica, said, “I would never consider the law when teaching my kids about sex.” She explained that she’s ensured that her kids have an ongoing sex-positive education about sexuality at home, and that she wouldn’t want her kids to be scared.