ST.PAUL, Minn.— Guess which government agency will enforce Obamacare? One with a stellar record for privacy and fairness?
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) announced a huge victory today with the defeat of Senator John Marty’s (D-Roseville) newborn screening language.
(St. Paul/Minneapolis) Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his list of seven appointees to the MNsure health insurance exchange governance board. Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom provides the following statement in response:
Nebraska, which originally refused to create a state health insurance Exchange, is moving to create a state commission to oversee and make recommendations to the federal government regarding the creation of a federally-facilitated Exchange for Nebraska.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is drawing attention to the significant safety and privacy concerns of the mandate within Obamacare that requires doctors and hospitals to have federally-certified electronic health records or face financial penalties in 2015.
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is voicing concern and criticism for proposed changes to stop-loss models of health insurance that small businesses can use to provide employee coverage. Rather than pay premiums to a health insurance company, many businesses instead use a self-insurance model, creating a fund to pay for minor and non-catastrophic employee health services and reserving actual insurance claims for major medical issues that exceed $20,000 – the current NAIC threshold that claims must meet before stop-loss insurance kicks in.
“The Minnesota legislature is proposing to create a biobank of genetic information including biological specimens and health data. The Minnesota Department of Health biobank would be exempt from the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Act, and its informed written consent requirement. Therefore they could collect, store, use, and disseminate genetic information without individual consent.
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.com) has discovered a newly created federal system of records. The system, called the “Health Insurance Exchange Program,” was finalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 6, 2013 and will house much of each state’s health insurance exchange information, including personally identifiable information, private health data, employment and insurance data, and qualified employer information in a single, federal records system.
The new, lengthy applications for health insurance that are to be completed under the PPACA law on the state health insurance exchanges are federally mandated and linked to the federal form, a draft of which has been posted on the HHS website. It includes 21 pages of questions applicants must answer, accompanied by 61 pages of explanation; hardly the simplified “marketplace” for each state that was promised.
CCHF maintains that the speed of implementation will result in insufficient data protections in a PPACA technology infrastructure that is a rich target for data thieves and that patient data will be compromised, and therefore implementation must be halted until patient data security can be assured.