MN Department of Health begins Surveillance for Guillain-Barr

The Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) today reports that the Minnesota Department of Health has began conducting statewide surveillance for the emergence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare and often severe neurological disorder that can lead to death.

50-State "Government Health Powers" website unveiled by Citizens' Council on Health Care

With public health officials scheduled to begin distribution of H1N1 vaccine, the Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC) today releases a new informative website resource for the American people.

Twila Brase, President of CITIZENS' COUNCIL ON HEALTH CARE is recognized among "the most powerful national voices on health care policy"

Twila Brase, a Registered Nurse, and Public Health Nurse, has attained this recognition through diligent and incisive critiques and testimony in favor of patient-centered health care, medical privacy rights, and free-market concepts.

Instead of Calling in, CCHC Suggests Citizens Write a Letter Asking Sen. Klobuchar for a Real Town Hall

A telephone call is not a town hall. We must not allow members of Congress to establish a precedent for town halls that keeps the public and their elected leaders out of the same room, especially when lives and livelihoods are at stake," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

Citizen Files Class-Action Lawsuit against HHS and Secretary Sebelius to Stop National Health Data System

The civil action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Count on June 24 by Beatrice M. Heghmann brings needed attention to the federal infringements of privacy and personal health care choices enacted through the economic stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.

President Obama Implies Support for Health Care Rationing...But Avoids Using the Word

President Obama's statements imply strong support for health care rationing even though he never used the word. If the President's preferred health care policies become law, there will be so-called 'experts' and others outside the exam room deciding who gets what medical treatment and who does not, as well as which medical treatments will even be available to patients. (Page 6, response to Jane Sturm)

MN Health Plans Begin Sending Private Medical Records to State's Data Warehouse in Maine

Patients will have no choice. Every time they go to their doctor, or are admitted to the hospital, or get a prescription, their data will be shared with the State of Minnesota. By law, state health officials will be able to access and analyze their medical information, make outside judgments about their care, and potentially penalize their doctors, all without their consent," says Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care.

Citizens Petition Governor Pawlenty to not Repeal Genetic Privacy Rights

The genetic privacy and DNA property rights of all future generations are at stake with this legislation. If the health department’s legislation to eliminate genetic privacy rights makes it to the Governor’s desk, we call on Governor Pawlenty to protect the rights of all citizens, including newborn citizens, with a veto,” said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

SUCCESS: Citizen Efforts Protect Genetic Privacy Law

The Minnesota Department of Health must begin immediately to comply with the state genetic privacy law by obtaining the required informed written parent consent for government storage, use and dissemination of newborn DNA," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

Parent consent for storage and use of newborn DNA should be required

The ACMG position paper on residual newborn screening dried blood spots from every American baby erroneously claims newborn blood is a 'national resource' and fails to acknowledge that the DNA-rich blood spots are personal genetic property, not the property of State governments and genetic researchers.