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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.

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Baby DNA and Newborn Screening

NewCCHF Alerts Parents About Government Storage and Use of Their Baby’s DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants parents of newborns in Minnesota to know that they aren’t the only ones who know their babies intimately.

NewThe Scary Truth Behind Birth Certificates

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Releases New Report on Newborn Data Collection; Says Birth Certificates and Newborn DNA Storage Pose Double Threat   

ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s something expectant parents should know about the private, sensitive information being shared at the hospital at the time of their baby’s birth.

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

Consumer-Driven Health Care

NewSouth Dakota Says ‘Yes’ to Patient Freedom!

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: Measure Restores Patient Choice and Gives Doctors Freedom to Treat

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As voters around the country headed to the polls yesterday, South Dakota spoke load and clear for patient freedom, as health care is being more controlled than ever before.

NewSouth 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.

NewLet’s Stop Talking About Coverage

Coverage is a bad measure of American health care. The Left wins every time the Right discusses how many Americans are “covered.” Let’s talk about care. The Left wants universal coverage. But we want care for those in need. Coverage doesn’t guarantee care. In fact, the high-prices, regulations, and corporate controls of today’s “coverage” limit access to care.

Evidence-Based Medicine

NewPresident’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:

NewBetween 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.

Protect Privacy or Accept Government Control

He who holds the data makes the rules. If you haven’t figured this out, it’s almost too late.  Obama knows it. In 2009, his team mandated electronic medical records and $27 billion to make it happen as a “foundation” for health care reform.

Genetics

NewPresident’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:

NewSenate 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.

NewCCHF to Lame Duck Lawmakers: Reject Baby DNA Storage without Parental Consent

Don’t Allow Government to Collect and Store Genetic Blueprint of America’s Citizens

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In the current lame duck session of Congress, which began last Wednesday, Senators and Representatives will be on a fast-and-furious mission to clear leftover business and push through the last remaining bills before newly elected lawmakers take office in January.

Government Health Powers Act

NewCheckboxes, 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.

NewState 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

NewAre 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

NewCCHF Alerts Parents About Government Storage and Use of Their Baby’s DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants parents of newborns in Minnesota to know that they aren’t the only ones who know their babies intimately.

NewDo Not Cave on Obamacare

The fear is palpable. It seems many Republicans and conservatives are afraid of winning the King vs. Burwell ACA subsidy care against the Obama administration. I overheard someone saying it might even be better to lose! Not true. If bureaucrats can make the law say whatever they want it to say, we are in deep trouble. 

NewObamacare 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.

Health Care Reform - Obamacare

NewSupreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments Wednesday That Could Unravel Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the landmark case King v. Burwell, which, if found in favor of the plaintiffs this summer, could unravel Obamacare for good.

NewDo Not Cave on Obamacare

The fear is palpable. It seems many Republicans and conservatives are afraid of winning the King vs. Burwell ACA subsidy care against the Obama administration. I overheard someone saying it might even be better to lose! Not true. If bureaucrats can make the law say whatever they want it to say, we are in deep trouble. 

NewObamacare Racks Up More Failures

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The second Obamacare open enrollment period officially ended Sunday—after a week’s extension due to more web site glitches. Meanwhile, late last week the Obama Administration announced it had sent approximately 800,000 Healthcare.gov customers incorrect tax forms and asked them to delay filing their taxes as a result. It also extended enrollment until April 20 to give people penalized for being uninsured in 2014 time to get covered in 2015.

Health Care Workforce

NewYour Doctor, the Robot

Will robots dictate medical treatment? In “Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?” physician Kevin R. Stone says doctors, nurses and patients used to talk with each other to share information and solve problems, but now, “The electronic medical record has killed the oral science.” 

New23 Scary Words in Obamacare

Will your doctor be blacklisted? There are 23 words in Obamacare that haven’t gotten much attention -- but should scare every doctor and every patient.

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.

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

NewSupreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments Wednesday That Could Unravel Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the landmark case King v. Burwell, which, if found in favor of the plaintiffs this summer, could unravel Obamacare for good.

NewObamacare Racks Up More Failures

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The second Obamacare open enrollment period officially ended Sunday—after a week’s extension due to more web site glitches. Meanwhile, late last week the Obama Administration announced it had sent approximately 800,000 Healthcare.gov customers incorrect tax forms and asked them to delay filing their taxes as a result. It also extended enrollment until April 20 to give people penalized for being uninsured in 2014 time to get covered in 2015.

NewUsing 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.

Health IT

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

NewSenate 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.

NewCheckboxes, 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.

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

NewMedical Aid Societies - Caring for Each Other When Care is Needed

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Issues In-Depth Report About How Medical Aid Societies Have Protected Families and Their Importance as Government Health Care Collapses

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, issued an in-depth report today about the past, present and future of medical aid societies -

NewSafe Haven: How Mutual Aid Can Protect Families in Times of Trouble

Safe Haven:

How Mutual Aid Can Protect Families in Times of Trouble

By Greg Scandlen

Medical Sharing or Health Care Sharing

As health care costs continue to rise, individuals and families face difficult choices  about health care coverage. More than 300,000 Americans have found an alternative in medical sharing groups. They have been available for decades, but they are virtually unknown. If you haven’t heard of them before now, you are not alone. 
 

Health Surveillance

NewCCHF Alerts Parents About Government Storage and Use of Their Baby’s DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants parents of newborns in Minnesota to know that they aren’t the only ones who know their babies intimately.

NewCCH Freedom Testifies on Three Ways to Protect Medical Privacy at House Committee Hearing 

The Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law and Data Practices Committee, held an informational hearing to learn more about protecting patients’ health information in the state.

The morning’s presentation, titled “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota,” included testimony by CCHF on protecting patients’ rights and data and the threats to Minnesota’s current privacy protections as a result of efforts to repeal the state’s privacy law by requiring the state to conform to HIPAA.

NewThe Scary Truth Behind Birth Certificates

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Releases New Report on Newborn Data Collection; Says Birth Certificates and Newborn DNA Storage Pose Double Threat   

ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s something expectant parents should know about the private, sensitive information being shared at the hospital at the time of their baby’s birth.

HIPAA Hurt Me

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Tells ‘HIPAA Hurt Me’ Stories to Unveil the Dangers of Coercive ‘Privacy’ Form

If there’s one myth about patient privacy that Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants to dispel, it’s that HIPAA protects patients.

Exactly the opposite is true, says CCHF, a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights.
 

Submit Your HIPAA Hurt Me Story

Please share your story about refusing to sign the HIPAA privacy form. You are allowed to refuse to sign the clinic or hospital "HIPAA Privacy form.” We encourage you to do so  It’s important to exercise this right, and we need as many stories about what happens when patients refuse to sign the form, particularly if you are denied care, made to feel bad, made to miss your appointment or hurt in any other way. Or perhaps you’re a practitioner and your hospital or ACO system is requiring you to deny care to those who exercise their right to refuse.

HMOs & Managed Care

NewThe Health Plan Scam

On October 20, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan lost in the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices dismissed their case without review. The charges of fraud, as well as the court-ordered $6 million penalty, are now a matter of record.

NewSouth 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.

NewWill They “Value” Your Life?

Government wants doctors paid for “value.” On July 1, Politico held a briefing called “Value vs. Volume.” Data-crunchers, in cahoots with government, say access to our private medical data can be used to pay doctors for “value,” instead of for the services they provide to patients.

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”:

Home Away From Home:

A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers

 

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

NewSenate 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.

NewBabies Die from Federal Medical Experiments

Federal officials are defending an unconscionable act. Between 2005 and 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported research on 1,316 premature newborns without requiring parents to be told their baby could die and the baby’s oxygen monitor would not show their child’s true oxygen level. 

NewFlorida Becomes First State to Ban Scanning Kids for Biometric Data

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As schoolchildren in Florida prepare for the exciting end of the year, their parents can celebrate a victory and breathe a sigh of relief, too.

Lawsuit Documents

NewState of Oklahoma vs. Burwell Ruling

The District Court ruling on the legality of issuing Obamacare premium subsidies to federal exchange enrollees finds:

. . “An agency’s rule- making power is not ‘the power to make law,’ it is only the ‘power to adopt regulations to carry into effect the will of Congress as expressed by the statute.’' . . .

The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law . . .

 

NewImpending Court Decision Could Dismantle Obamacare


ST. PAUL, Minn.—Another landmark court decision in a case that challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected anytime, and the outcome could have far-reaching effects for those receiving Obamacare subsidies for their government health care coverage.

NewHobby Lobby Victory Impacts Health Care

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says Supreme Court Decision Restores Freedoms to Some, but More Work to Do

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Hobby Lobby’s U.S. Supreme Court victory this morning is a win for business owners of closely held corporations and shows the limitations of the controversial Obamacare individual mandate.

Medical Practice Guidelines

New‘Recommendations Become Requirements’

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom’s Twila Brase Says New Bill Will Give Feds Even More Control over Health Care

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will give the government even more control over Americans’ private data and medical decisions.

New23 Scary Words in Obamacare

Will your doctor be blacklisted? There are 23 words in Obamacare that haven’t gotten much attention -- but should scare every doctor and every patient.

The “Crimean Takeover” of Health Care

Current events make interesting correlations. Russia’s Hitleresque plan to annex Crimea has similarities with the federal takeover of U.S. medicine.

Medical Records

NewCCH Freedom Testifies on Three Ways to Protect Medical Privacy at House Committee Hearing 

The Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law and Data Practices Committee, held an informational hearing to learn more about protecting patients’ health information in the state.

The morning’s presentation, titled “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota,” included testimony by CCHF on protecting patients’ rights and data and the threats to Minnesota’s current privacy protections as a result of efforts to repeal the state’s privacy law by requiring the state to conform to HIPAA.

NewThe Scary Truth Behind Birth Certificates

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Releases New Report on Newborn Data Collection; Says Birth Certificates and Newborn DNA Storage Pose Double Threat   

ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s something expectant parents should know about the private, sensitive information being shared at the hospital at the time of their baby’s birth.

NewCITIZEN PETITION to REPEAL MN Electronic Health Record Mandate

I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton to give me and my doctor a choice to protect privacy and autonomy by REPEALING the Minnesota EHR Mandate Law.

Medicare

NewUsing 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.

NewMeet Your Insurer: Your Doctor

Will patients be unwelcome in doctor’s offices? On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it’s moving away from fee-for-service Medicare payments – the way you pay your plumber, your hairstylist, your photographer – and planning to tie 30% of Medicare payments to “quality” by 2016 and 50% by the end of 2018.

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

Minnesota Legislation

NewCCHF Gathering Online Petitions to Stop Minnesota-Only EHR Mandate

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As the new year began, doctors and mental health professionals discovered a troubling Minnesota mandate, the only one like it in the entire nation. On January 1, 2015, every health care provider in the State of Minnesota was required to employ an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system—which could cost tens of thousands of dollars and will compromise patients’ private medical information.

NewCITIZEN PETITION to REPEAL MN Electronic Health Record Mandate

I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton to give me and my doctor a choice to protect privacy and autonomy by REPEALING the Minnesota EHR Mandate Law.

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

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)

NewBiosurveillance One Health

I recently stumbled upon two alarming intertwined initiatives. One is “One Health,” described in more detail later. The other is published by the Obama Administration. Called the National Strategy for Biosurviellance, it specifically states,

“A well-integrated, national biosurveillance enterprise is a national security imperative.”

Obama’s Phony October 1 “Deadline”

October 1 is a phony deadline. Ignore it. Nobody has to sign up for Obamacare. Absolutely nothing has to happen on October 1. Instead, October 1 is the first day to refuse to enroll in Obama's exchanges (refuse2enroll.org). In six days, you can begin your own personal Obamacare resistance campaign. Our motto: Resist. Repeal. Reclaim.

CCHF Research Shows State Cancer, Vaccination Registries Are Actually Surveillance Systems

ST. PAUL, Minn.— For the past eight years, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom has been researching health departments in all 50 states to find out how they use funding from the federal government to obtain and store citizens’ private medical information—in most cases, without patients’ consent.

National Health Systems

NewUsing 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.

NewHired 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.

NewGovernment Uses Ebola Scare to Trample Americans’ Freedoms

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For much of the summer, the Ebola epidemic seemed like a far-away problem without much threat here at home.

But now, a Liberian man who flew to Texas to visit family has been diagnosed with the deadly disease, and fears have escalated.

 

Patient Care

NewMeet Your Insurer: Your Doctor

Will patients be unwelcome in doctor’s offices? On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it’s moving away from fee-for-service Medicare payments – the way you pay your plumber, your hairstylist, your photographer – and planning to tie 30% of Medicare payments to “quality” by 2016 and 50% by the end of 2018.

NewCitizens’ Council for Health Freedom Celebrates Victories for Patient Rights in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.

 

NewYour Doctor, the Robot

Will robots dictate medical treatment? In “Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?” physician Kevin R. Stone says doctors, nurses and patients used to talk with each other to share information and solve problems, but now, “The electronic medical record has killed the oral science.” 

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."

NewCCHF Alerts Parents About Government Storage and Use of Their Baby’s DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants parents of newborns in Minnesota to know that they aren’t the only ones who know their babies intimately.

NewCCH Freedom Testifies on Three Ways to Protect Medical Privacy at House Committee Hearing 

The Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law and Data Practices Committee, held an informational hearing to learn more about protecting patients’ health information in the state.

The morning’s presentation, titled “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota,” included testimony by CCHF on protecting patients’ rights and data and the threats to Minnesota’s current privacy protections as a result of efforts to repeal the state’s privacy law by requiring the state to conform to HIPAA.

Policy Solutions

NewDo Not Cave on Obamacare

The fear is palpable. It seems many Republicans and conservatives are afraid of winning the King vs. Burwell ACA subsidy care against the Obama administration. I overheard someone saying it might even be better to lose! Not true. If bureaucrats can make the law say whatever they want it to say, we are in deep trouble. 

NewUsing 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.

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. 

Population Health Care

NewUsing 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.

NewBiosurveillance One Health

I recently stumbled upon two alarming intertwined initiatives. One is “One Health,” described in more detail later. The other is published by the Obama Administration. Called the National Strategy for Biosurviellance, it specifically states,

“A well-integrated, national biosurveillance enterprise is a national security imperative.”

Obama’s Phony October 1 “Deadline”

October 1 is a phony deadline. Ignore it. Nobody has to sign up for Obamacare. Absolutely nothing has to happen on October 1. Instead, October 1 is the first day to refuse to enroll in Obama's exchanges (refuse2enroll.org). In six days, you can begin your own personal Obamacare resistance campaign. Our motto: Resist. Repeal. Reclaim.

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

NewYour Doctor, the Robot

Will robots dictate medical treatment? In “Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?” physician Kevin R. Stone says doctors, nurses and patients used to talk with each other to share information and solve problems, but now, “The electronic medical record has killed the oral science.” 

New‘Recommendations Become Requirements’

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom’s Twila Brase Says New Bill Will Give Feds Even More Control over Health Care

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will give the government even more control over Americans’ private data and medical decisions.

That’s Exactly What Obama Wants

Obamacare limits access to doctors. From the Los Angeles Times: “A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business.” 

Refuse to Enroll

NewSouth 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.

Refuse to Enroll Billboard Campaign

Nationwide Refuse to Enroll Billboard campaign.

Schools & Health Care

NewObamacare 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.

Vaccinations

NewCanary 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."

CCHF Research Shows State Cancer, Vaccination Registries Are Actually Surveillance Systems

ST. PAUL, Minn.— For the past eight years, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom has been researching health departments in all 50 states to find out how they use funding from the federal government to obtain and store citizens’ private medical information—in most cases, without patients’ consent.