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CCHF sends email invitations and notices for events and educational forums to those who request them. Such forums and events follow different formats and take place at various time during the year.

To receive notice of an upcoming forum or event, send a request to CCHF.

Baby DNA and Newborn Screening

Government ‘Common Rule’ for Research Strips Nation’s Newborn Citizens of Privacy Protections

According to an HHS news release, the rule updates “regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research,” but Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national health freedom and patient advocacy organization, says the rule leaves the country’s youngest citizens out in the cold when it comes to patient privacy. 

 

Indiana Court Ruling Strikes a Blow Against the Protection of Baby DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Patient privacy for some of Indiana’s youngest citizens—and the fight for the protection of baby DNA nationwide—took a blow this week, as the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against baby “A.B. Doe,” her parents and other families they were representing.

AB Doe V Indiana State Health Commissioner - Court of Appeals

Consumer-Driven Health Care

TAKE ACTION - Call Congress to Repeal Obamacare!

Put three phone calls on your schedule!
 
To push for repeal of Obamacare, we’re asking everyone to call Congress on Wednesday, February 15.

21 Principles to Restore Health Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn.—With a new presidential administration standing firm on its commitment to change the health care landscape in America, the time is ripe for lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has proven unaffordable to many Americans. 

 

Will a Trump Presidency Fulfill Obamacare ‘Repeal and Replace’ Promises?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care was one of the major issues for this historic election, and the matter was undoubtedly considered as voters elected Donald Trump as the nation’s next president. Today, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is releasing the following statement. 

 

Evidence-Based Medicine

Training New Doctors for the System

Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor. National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century:

President’s “Precision Medicine” Ploy?

The President wants your genetic code. Mr. Obama has announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) that includes databasing medical records, genetic blueprints and lifestyles of a million or more Americans. Here are seven disturbing aspects of his initiative:

Between a Rock…and a Readmission

We’re in a hard place. Last year, Obamacare initiated a program to reduce so-called “excess readmissions” in hospitals. Section 3025 requires all hospitals subject to the policy to pay a penalty, called a “payment adjustment,” up to 3% if they readmit too many Medicare patients within 30 days of discharge.

Genetics

Health Care Spending to Climb Through 2024;

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care is an always-moving, always-changing entity, with new developments every day—some of which compromise patients’ private medical information, as well as the care their doctors can offer them.

President’s “Precision Medicine” Ploy?

The President wants your genetic code. Mr. Obama has announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) that includes databasing medical records, genetic blueprints and lifestyles of a million or more Americans. Here are seven disturbing aspects of his initiative:

Senate Passes Amendment Protecting Privacy— Measure Heads to House Today

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The U.S. Senate last night passed an Amendment to the “Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014” (H.R. 1281) that will take a necessary step to protect babies’ private genetic data and ensure that parents are informed about their newborn’s screening blood spots and how they will be used.

Government Health Powers Act

Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Should the EHR be blamed? After a Texas hospital let Liberian Thomas Duncan go home (with Ebola), hospital officials blamed the electronic health record (EHR). A day later, they retracted their statement -- without explanation.

State Emergency Health Powers

On October 23, 2001, less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the proposed Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). The proposal was finalized in December 2001. It authorized state health officials and their designees to take control of people, property, health care, communications and more in a public health emergency. State legislatures debated it in 2002, and at least 40 passed some version of it. Most of the public is not aware of these police powers.  For more information go to www.governmenthealthpowers.us

Are You Ready for Ebola?

Ebola has officially arrived in the United States. An infected man traveling from Liberia was diagnosed in Texas. A person close to him may also be infected. Officials assure the American public that Ebola is not easily spread; that it requires close contact with bodily fluids. They say the disease is contained to the man’s family and close friends. They are monitoring 12-18 people so far, including five children.

Government Programs

REAL ID Is a Direct Attack on State Sovereignty

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Last week, 116 lawmakers in Pennsylvania penned a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to protect their residents by reexamining REAL ID, a 2005 act that will affect Americans’ drivers licenses, is a harmful government intrusion and violates their privacy.

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

Opting for Freedom from Medicare

The attached is a list of all health care practitioners, including physicians, that have opted out of the Medicare program, as found in the federal Medicare participation-status database on July 5, 2016. NOTE: Physicians and others that have refused to get a National Provider ID are not included on this list.

AAPS also has a list of links to opted-out physicians found here. 

 

Health Care Reform - Obamacare

NewIntrusive, Unethical and Wrong

If YOU were king or queen, what’s the one thing you’d change in health care? At a town hall meeting, one woman answered: “Why can’t it just be simple?” What do YOU say? Send your answer to info@cchfreedom.org and I’ll share them in a coming eNews.

4 Health Care Problems—And 4 Solutions

ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s no denying that problems abound in the world of health care. And while there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with talk of an Obamacare repeal—albeit one that is progressing slower than anticipated—many Americans are still struggling under the weight of a failing health care system and unaffordable prices. 

 

Leave It Blank!

Good news! Under Trumps executive order, the IRS no longer requires you to show health insurance status! If you're filing a standard form 1040 for your 2016 taxes, you'll find the question on line 61. Since the IRS is depending on voluntary disclosure to enforce the penalty until Congress acts to change the requirement, we are urging all individuals to leave it blank whether they had coverage or not and start to throw off the shackles of Obamacare.

Health Care Workforce

Will Employers Choose Your Doctors?

It was a startling announcement. Twenty large companies have joined to start the Health Transformation Alliance. With approximately four million workers between them, they “plan to share information about members’ employee health spending and outcomes, with an eye toward using findings to change how they contract for care.”

City of St. Paul to Vote Tomorrow on Getting Access
to ‘Entire Medical Record’ of Certain Patients at HealthPartners

ST. PAUL, Minn.—One privacy-focused health policy organization says a proposed data agreement between the City of St. Paul and HealthPartners may violate patients’ rights to give or deny access to their medical records and will put patients’ private medical data at risk.

CCHF’s Twila Brase Speaking at ‘Let My Doctor Practice’ Conference on July 24

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is a dedicated patient freedom advocate, but she’s also committed to physician freedom—especially as outside groups and government initiatives hamper their care for patients.

Health Disparities

7.1 Million: Not the Number to Watch

The White House is gloating. President Obama’s cast and crew are celebrating their 7.1 million sign-ups. They claim success. Not so fast. This was just an April Fool's joke on the American people.
 

Healthy People 2010 Document Focuses on Eliminating Health Disparities

"Many advocacy groups felt that accepting lower standards for racial and ethnic groups as compared to the total population was unjust."

THE U.S. CENSUS: From Enumeration to Intrusion

The U.S. Census has become an intrusive data collection tool for the federal government. The change from constitutional enumeration to federal intrusion has turned led to higher costs, public resistance, and lower compliance. The Census Bureau's plans to count everyone, not just citizens, may also deny American citizens their constitutional right to equal representation," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

Health Exchanges - Imposing Obamacare

Leave It Blank!

Good news! Under Trumps executive order, the IRS no longer requires you to show health insurance status! If you're filing a standard form 1040 for your 2016 taxes, you'll find the question on line 61. Since the IRS is depending on voluntary disclosure to enforce the penalty until Congress acts to change the requirement, we are urging all individuals to leave it blank whether they had coverage or not and start to throw off the shackles of Obamacare.

Millennials Wisely Saying ‘No’ to Obamacare

With open enrollment beginning today, Nov. 1, many Americans are weighing their options, especially as Obamacare premiums—as well as off-exchange insurance premiums, for that matter—are now much higher. If trends continue, younger Americans again won’t be signing up for Obamacare coverage.

As More Premium Increases Roll In, CCHF Says ‘Allow State Exchanges to Die’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—California and Pennsylvania might not share weather forecasts or political views, but these two states at opposite ends of the country have something in common. Both recently released information about skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable for most Americans.

Health IT

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

HIPAA - it’s not an anniversary worth celebrating.

HIPAA, enacted 20 years ago yesterday, has all but eliminated patient privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), enacted on August 21, 1996, enabled computerization of medical records without patient consent and state and national health information (“on the grid”) networks, established national health data and transaction standards and created federal identification and tracking numbers for doctors, hospitals, clinics, health plans, employers and patients. 

The Wedge of Health Freedom Will Restore the Mission of Medicine

Brand-New Initiative from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Points the Way to Patient-, Pocketbook- and Privacy-Friendly Alternatives

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In the complicated world of health care, there are doctors and practices who have returned to the simple mission of medicine—to care for patients without letting the business side of things take over.

Health Savings Accounts

The BOLD Republican Plan for Health Care

I’m not going to talk about Obama’s SOTU… except to say that I feel like I did the last time he had to get up and try to sell Obamacare to the nation: he doesn’t want to do it; he feels it’s beneath him; it’s four years after Obamacare and he’s perturbed that he still has to be marketing the law in a speech. So his comments lack passion. 

MEDICAL SHARING: An Inexpensive Alternative to Health Insurance

If the U.S. Senate version of health insurance reform passes and premium costs increase as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office, medical sharing may be one of the only ways for Americans to get affordable coverage," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC

Answering Your Questions About Health Savings Accounts (CAHI)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Americans increased last year by 5.7% to a total of 43.6 million Americans. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) believes that the solution rests in legislation currently pending in Congress. October 1, 2003

Health Sharing

5 Things to Do as Obamacare Collapses

According to the Associated Press, “Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market.” And to add insult to injury, about 1 in 5 consumers will be able to choose from just a single insurer, as more and more national insurers drop out.

MNs Slapped with 50-67% Health Care Premium Increases! What Can They Do?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Americans are bracing themselves for double-digit health insurance premium increases to be announced any day. In Minnesota, extreme hikes have already become reality.  According to ConsumerAffairs.com, “the hikes in health plan premiums are breathtaking.”

‘Tis the Season for Health Sharing

CCHF Educates Americans About Alternatives to Government Health Care, Including Health Sharing Organizations and the Compelling Stories Behind Them

ST. PAUL, Minn.—‘Tis the season to be sharing. And for some, that means health sharing.

Health Surveillance

REAL ID Is a Direct Attack on State Sovereignty

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Last week, 116 lawmakers in Pennsylvania penned a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to protect their residents by reexamining REAL ID, a 2005 act that will affect Americans’ drivers licenses, is a harmful government intrusion and violates their privacy.

Patients Could Lose Consent and Privacy Rights Over Their Medical Records

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national patient-centered health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., believes that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is gathering information from insurers, hospitals and others to convince state legislators to repeal Minnesota’s strongest-in-the-nation medical privacy law.

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

HIPAA Hurt Me

Minnesota Bill Would End Coercive Consent Forms and Further Protect Patient Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota lawmakers yesterday advanced a bill that would ensure greater patient privacy protection by requiring patients to initial each item to which they are consenting on their health records at the doctor’s office, hospital or clinic—thus allowing patients to pick and choose exactly what information they would like to be shared between medical professionals and for what purposes, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), which testified yesterday in support of the bill.

CCHF Testimony - HF 1560 Patient Consent Requirements

Prepared Testimony
House File 1560 (Gruenhagen)

Initials required for each item of consent when requested to release health records.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Testimony of Twila Brase, President and Co-founder
Presented by Matt Flanders, Legislative Specialist

Notice to Patients: Doctors and Hospitals Must Treat You Even If You Refuse to Sign the HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Form

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s certainly not a much-publicized fact, but patients are not required to sign the HIPAA “Privacy” Notice at their doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. And, medical professionals cannot refuse to treat patients who choose not to sign the form.

HMOs & Managed Care

The "Radical Seed" of Single-Payer

I want to change people’s minds. Let me start with this: The Affordable Care Act ended health insurance in America. The cost of this decision is now front-page news. The ACA’s ban on affordable catastrophic insurance and its ban on pre-existing condition (“pre-ex”) exclusions means we don’t have health insurance any more. The ACA mandates that health plans enroll people with pre-existing conditions. That’s not insurance against a risk. That’s third-party financing of a known condition.

TONIGHT: Will Hillary Mislead Again?

What will you hear tonight? In the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton showed how a polished politician can tell the truth and simultaneously mislead. 

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

Homevisiting

Not Just A Website

“The Affordable Care Act is not just a website,” said President Obama two weeks ago.  This is truth, not spin. But Obama has not stopped spinning. He denies that he really meant, “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan”:

Infant Surveillance

Undoubtably every mother would like help with her newborn infant, but how many mothers would be willing to submit her child and family to a comprehensive parenting, child health, and home environment evaluation by a government employee?

Human Subjects Research

A Win for Patient Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Politico is reporting today that a little-talked about section of the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.6) appears dead in the Senate. The House language would allow “HIPAA-protected information to be shared with researchers.”

Addendum to CCHF's Public Comments - "Human Subject" Designation

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom would like to underscore the importance of the proposed
"human subject" designation of biospecimens, including newborn DNA.  We support this designation, which is currently in law for newborn dried blood spots (Newborn DNA) under the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorizaiton Act of 2014.

Huge Privacy Concerns with New Electronic Health Records’ Alzheimer’s Test

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have changed the medical profession—for the worse, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights.

Lawsuit Documents

Matt Sissel v Department of Health and Human Services, et al

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and individual physicians to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Matt Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Servs, et al, a case opposing the delete and replace actions of the US Senate in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. 

 

 

Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with 57 non-profit organizations to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California, a case opposing the demand by the Attorney General of California that nonprofits file an un-redacted copy of Schedule B to Internal Revenue Service Form 990, thus forcing the groups to disclose the names and addresses of the organizations

King v. Burwell Supreme Court Decision - The Text

THE RULING: On June 25, interns of news media ran the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell (Obamacare premium subsidies issued by federal exchange) to waiting reporters. Even though the plain text of the law clearly states that federal premium subsidies can only be issued by an “Exchange established by the State,” the 6-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts ignored the Rule of Law and declared subsidies could also be issued by the federal exchange. Justice Scalia’s dissent, which follows Roberts’ ruling in the document, is priceless. Read it here...

Medical Practice Guidelines

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

Transgenders Get Health Care Rights

The Obama administration’s violations continue. On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final nondiscrimination (transgender) rule for health care, saying patients must receive treatment and access facilities and programs according to their gender choice, not their biological sex.

Will Employers Choose Your Doctors?

It was a startling announcement. Twenty large companies have joined to start the Health Transformation Alliance. With approximately four million workers between them, they “plan to share information about members’ employee health spending and outcomes, with an eye toward using findings to change how they contract for care.”

Medical Records

MN PRIVACY ALERT! EXTENDED DEADLINE! Protect YOUR Medical Records!

ACTION ALERT
PLEASE COMMENT TODAY!

The consent and privacy rights you 
could LOSE over your medical records  

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mon, Oct. 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

What Should We Ask Trump and Hillary About the State of Health Care in America?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Viewers around the nation will watch tonight’s first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with rapt attention. Though Americans may tune in for different reasons—the economy, national security, religious liberties—patient advocates at one health freedom organization will be watching with a singular subject in mind.

Medicare

CCHF Comments on Medicare Physician Payment Rule

These are brief comments from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom on the Medicare Program: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model Incentive  under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models. This controversial 2,398-page final rule (initial public-inspection version) is authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. As the 962-page proposed rule described, financial harm to many small practices is expected. 

TONIGHT: Will Hillary Mislead Again?

What will you hear tonight? In the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton showed how a polished politician can tell the truth and simultaneously mislead. 

What Should We Ask Trump and Hillary About the State of Health Care in America?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Viewers around the nation will watch tonight’s first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with rapt attention. Though Americans may tune in for different reasons—the economy, national security, religious liberties—patient advocates at one health freedom organization will be watching with a singular subject in mind.

Minnesota Engagement

Minnesota Working to Address Health Care Crisis, But Missed Opportunity to Bring Affordable Options Back to Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota House Republicans has been working to address the state’s health insurance crisis, but deleted a component from a key bill last night that would have returned health care options to Minnesotans. 

 

Patients Could Lose Consent and Privacy Rights Over Their Medical Records

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national patient-centered health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., believes that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is gathering information from insurers, hospitals and others to convince state legislators to repeal Minnesota’s strongest-in-the-nation medical privacy law.

Privacy Alert!

Take Action! MDH has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather information from the public to make their case against the strongest-in-the-nation Minnesota medical privacy law. The questions in the RFI are clearly slanted toward generating data to pressure legislators into repealing the MHRA and removing Minnesota’s consent requirements.

Please fill out your responses to stop repeal of MN's medical privacy law (DEADLINE: Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 7pm)

MN Health Insurance Exchange Realities

Health Insurers “Closed for Business”

Health insurers are shutting down for seven months. It’s virtually lights out. Unless you have a qualifying “life event,” you must wait until open enrollment begins Obamacare on November 15. A product once available year around for Americans to purchase no longer is. The entire industry now runs on the Obamacare schedule.

Rep. Darrell Issa Questions Governor Mark Dayton about Troubled State Exchange

Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, has written a five-page letter to 10 governors, including Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, holding states accountable for troubled Obamacare health insurance exchanges, namely Minnesota’s exchange—MNsure. Dayton has been given until tomorrow, April 8, to reply.

Americans Face Fiscal Cliffs in Health Insurance Exchanges

Patient advocate Twila Brase, co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, has found unsettling and confusing problems in the health insurance exchange programs. The problems are quickly exposed by using the Minnesota state exchange premium calculator as an example.

National Health Information Network (NHIN)

ACT NOW - Stop Congress From Ending Medical Privacy!

A bill moving quickly in Congress will authorize millions of corporate and government outsiders to have access to private patient records for analysis and research without patient consent. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee will vote the week of May 18, 2015 on the 21st Century Cures Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). To protect your privacy and your health freedom and for a list of members to call in Congress, click Read More!

CCHF Public Comment on Interoperability Roadmap

We are opposed to the creation of a national electronic medical records and patient and doctor tracking system— and the proposed ONC Roadmap to impose that system. We therefore, call for ONC to start over with privacy rights as a priority.

Don’t Drink the EHR Kool-Aid

The Obama administration needs you to believe a lie. They have already spent nearly $25 billion of the $36 million in taxpayer dollars allotted to move Americans from the security of paper medical records to the insecurity and government surveillance and intrusions of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs).

National Health Systems

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

Using Children to Federalize Health Care?

Beware the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2014. Proponents say the ACE Kids Act (H.R. 4930) will improve coordination of care for children with complex conditions on state government programs. Sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R- Texas), it has 48 Republican and 56 Democrat co-sponsors.

Hired to Hoodwink

Jonathan Gruber says Americans were purposely deceived. Then this Obamacare architect adds insult to injury. He calls Americans stupid. Now he says the videotaped comment was “off the cuff.” But alas, yet another videotape finds him saying that Americans are “too stupid to understand” the language in Obamacare.

Patient Care

Five Third-Party Free Doctors

CCHF President Twila Brase with five third-party free doctors at the 2016 Direct Primary Care: Nuts and Bolts to 2.0 Conference sponsored by Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation and the Texas Medical Association sharing their fight for freedom.

Skyrocketing Drug Prices a Persistent Problem in Traditional Health Care

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The far-reaching and heated debate over the $600 EpiPen has created a national conversation about ridiculously high—and skyrocketing even higher—drug prices. And now two lawsuits have been filed.

Euthanasia Train Roars into California

Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) became legal in California last week. Life, a precious God-given gift, can now be legally snuffed out up and down the west coast with physician assistance. 

Patient Privacy

 

 

 

UrgentHIPAA - the Federal Medical Privacy Rule

The federal medical privacy rule is commonly known as the "HIPAA privacy rule." However, it actually holds the title, "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information."

MN PRIVACY ALERT! EXTENDED DEADLINE! Protect YOUR Medical Records!

ACTION ALERT
PLEASE COMMENT TODAY!

The consent and privacy rights you 
could LOSE over your medical records  

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mon, Oct. 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Patients Could Lose Consent and Privacy Rights Over Their Medical Records

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national patient-centered health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., believes that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is gathering information from insurers, hospitals and others to convince state legislators to repeal Minnesota’s strongest-in-the-nation medical privacy law.

Policy Solutions

4 Health Care Problems—And 4 Solutions

ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s no denying that problems abound in the world of health care. And while there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with talk of an Obamacare repeal—albeit one that is progressing slower than anticipated—many Americans are still struggling under the weight of a failing health care system and unaffordable prices. 

 

TAKE ACTION - Call Congress to Repeal Obamacare!

Put three phone calls on your schedule!
 
To push for repeal of Obamacare, we’re asking everyone to call Congress on Wednesday, February 15.

CCHF STATEMENT on Trump Executive Order to Ease Burdens of Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In his first few hours as President of the United States, Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will minimize the economic burdens of the Affordable Care Act.

Population Health Care

CO LEGISLATIVE ALERT!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is pushing a bill, HB 1164, which would allow it to directly gather data on families that delay or avoid vaccinations. Parents would be required to submit exemption claims directly to the government for state storage, analysis and use.

Will Employers Choose Your Doctors?

It was a startling announcement. Twenty large companies have joined to start the Health Transformation Alliance. With approximately four million workers between them, they “plan to share information about members’ employee health spending and outcomes, with an eye toward using findings to change how they contract for care.”

TRANSCRIPT: Outside, In: Will Population Health Solve What’s Ailing Our Health Care System?

 

Politico Panel Discussion – Partial Transcript by CCHF

NOTE: All emphasis ours. Some comments paraphrased or truncated.

Full descriptions and comments found here.

Provider Tax

$1,600,000,000
and Rising

Links to the MinnesotaCare Comprehensive Insurance Reform Laws

Provider Tax Poster for Clinics to Display

This document, explaining the impact of the provider tax on cost of health care services, can be hung on the back of exam room doors, inserted as a double-sided poster in billing statements, framed at the front desk of the clinic, and provided as a handout in the waiting room. Phone numbers for contacting state officials are included on the second page. This document may be copied unaltered for noncommercial distribution and information purposes only.

Provider Tax Collection, 1993 - 2003

Provider Taxes Collected To Date - received October 29, 2003

Rationing

Medicare Experimenting on Senior Citizens? No Bones About It

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new rule in the Affordable Care Act will allow Medicare to “experiment” on the nation’s senior citizens by forcing bundled care payments for some hospitals and doctors. The rule will “test whether bundled payments to acute care hospitals for episodes of care will reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

Scary Business

On Friday, the Obama administration published a final rule on physician payment for 2016. The 1,358-page Medicare rule, with the names of 28 bureaucrats you can contact with questions, makes changes to physician payment and Medicare Part B. A similar rule will be issued next year for 2017 and likely every year after.  Who has time to read these??

Stacking the Deck Against Patients

There’s trouble ahead for doctors and patients. Last Friday, the eleven members of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee were announced. It includes seven physicians to advise HHS on how to pay doctors differently. Republicans established the committee in the “Doc Fix” bill (MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), which President Obama happily signed because it expanded Obamacare controls.

Real ID - Federal Control Over Identification and Movement

New6 Things You Didn’t Know About REAL ID

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Americans are ignoring the dangers of REAL ID, but at their peril,
says
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national health freedom and patient advocacy organization that has staunchly opposed the push to implement a national ID system. 

 

Americans Clueless about Danger of REAL ID

Americans ignore REAL ID at their peril. In 2005, Congress added REAL ID to a war appropriations bill in the middle of the night without public discussion. REAL ID is an unconstitutional power grab – a National ID card – that eliminates state’s rights and gives the federal government control over all citizen identification, movement, and access to goods and services – but only if state legislators agree to conform.

REAL ID Is a Direct Attack on State Sovereignty

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Last week, 116 lawmakers in Pennsylvania penned a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to protect their residents by reexamining REAL ID, a 2005 act that will affect Americans’ drivers licenses, is a harmful government intrusion and violates their privacy.

Refuse to Enroll

The "Radical Seed" of Single-Payer

I want to change people’s minds. Let me start with this: The Affordable Care Act ended health insurance in America. The cost of this decision is now front-page news. The ACA’s ban on affordable catastrophic insurance and its ban on pre-existing condition (“pre-ex”) exclusions means we don’t have health insurance any more. The ACA mandates that health plans enroll people with pre-existing conditions. That’s not insurance against a risk. That’s third-party financing of a known condition.

Millennials Wisely Saying ‘No’ to Obamacare

With open enrollment beginning today, Nov. 1, many Americans are weighing their options, especially as Obamacare premiums—as well as off-exchange insurance premiums, for that matter—are now much higher. If trends continue, younger Americans again won’t be signing up for Obamacare coverage.

South Dakota Ballot Initiative Could Give Patients Health Care Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Next month, South Dakota voters will see an initiative on their ballots that could put health care decisions back in their own hands.

Schools & Health Care

Obamacare Forcing Schools to Make Cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Millions of students around the country are returning to school today after a long holiday break. But some of them might see some changes this year in their school personnel—all thanks to Obamacare rules and regulations.

Children and Schools

Mandated School Billing for Special Education Health Services

The 1998 Minnesota K-12 Omnibus Education bill mandated that all schools bill third-party payers (HMOs, insurers, and Medicaid) for health care services given under Special Education. M.S. 125A now mandates that funds ($50,000) be provided for training school staff in coding and other necessary skills and information for submitting Medicaid and insurance claims.

The Wedge

NewIntrusive, Unethical and Wrong

If YOU were king or queen, what’s the one thing you’d change in health care? At a town hall meeting, one woman answered: “Why can’t it just be simple?” What do YOU say? Send your answer to info@cchfreedom.org and I’ll share them in a coming eNews.

CCHF STATEMENT on Trump Executive Order to Ease Burdens of Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In his first few hours as President of the United States, Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will minimize the economic burdens of the Affordable Care Act.

Daily Caller: Don’t Let the “Uninsured 20 Million” Statistic Fool You

the DAIILY CALLER: Opinion

Twila BrasePresident, Citizens' Council for Health Freedom
While I was on Capitol Hill recently encouraging full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one question surfaced repeatedly: “What about the 20 million people who got coverage?”
 

Vaccinations

Get Vaccinated or You Can’t Fly?

Forced vaccination? The Obama administration has issued an 88-page proposed rule giving federal officials power to detain U.S. citizens traveling within the U.S. for the purpose of examination, testing, vaccination and possible quarantine. Airports, train stations, bus terminals and U.S. ports would be compelled to cooperate in reporting Americans. Detained individuals may be required to pay for all testing, treatment, transportation and vaccination imposed by government. 

Canary in the Healthcare Coal Mine

Don’t miss what’s happening with vaccinations. Remember when health plans promised to maintain an enrollee’s health through prepaid coverage that included the full range of preventive care?

States Build Patient-Tracking Systems

"The NSA is not the only agency specializing in surveillance. State government health officials are profiling children and cataloging citizens in massive government databases without the patient's or parent's consent. That's the gist of our new 50-state report, released last week:"Patient Privacy and Public Trust: How Health Surveillance Systems are Undermining Both."