MN Business Groups Want to Control Your Doctor

HELP us STOP this plan to repeal MN patient consent requirements—your right to control who accesses your data. If consent rights are repealed, your data will be used to control your doctor's treatment decisions! 

We need you to act now to oppose HF 831. (see below) With your calls, your emails or your written or oral testimony, we can stop this bill! 

HF. 831, authored by Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan) REPEALS consent protections in Minnesota's "better than HIPAA" privacy law.Today, hospitals, clinics, physicians, and others must have your consent before they can share or use your confidential health information.

Why is this bill so bad?

Good question. Today, the protective Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA, 144.291-144.298) lets YOU keep self-interested third-parties from seeing your private information, using it against you, and selling it. 

If this bill passes, the repeal of these MHRA protections means you'll be exposed to:

  1. Outside Control of Your Doctors as government and third parties use your data to develop and impose harmful "one-size-fits-all" treatment protocols, and penalize doctors who refuse to comply.
  2. Lifelong Real-time Health Surveillance of ALL diagnoses, treatments, recorded statements, physician comments, behaviors, medications, genetic codes, family structure and more (this also eliminates your right to an unbiased, second opinion).
  3. Patient Profiling by corporations using data on patient and family behavior, social media posts, schedules, genetic weaknesses, family dynamics, lifestyle choices, attitudes and political opinions.
  4. Profiteering as Big Data and Big Health corporations use, share, and sell your health information without your consent (Storage and analysis of health data is valued at $7 billion/year).
  5. Potential Access by 2.2 Million Entities, Plus Government to your private health information without your consent.
  6. Involuntary Research Projects and the use of your health information for tracking and predictive analytics.
  7. Data Breaches as your confidential health information is made accessible through the Internet. 

Protecting privacy protects freedom. It lets you and your doctor control what happens in the exam room. As CCHF has long said: "He who holds the data makes the rules." We believe that should be you.


House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy
Wednesday, February 20
2:30 - 4:00 pm
200 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155

Take Action Now! Options Include: 

1. Come, Testify, or ContactBe a presence at the hearing as we testify, testify against HF 831 (oral or written), and/or call committee members urging them to oppose the bill. REQUEST: Please tell us if you're coming or sending testimony so we can coordinate seating, and make sure members see your written testimony (see contact info below)

2. Email us a letter that we can print and share with legislators. Include stories or real-life impact that give members genuine reasons to vote "NO" on HF 831. Need help with your letter? Contact us for help or more information! (see contact information below)

Contact Info: 
To call or email committee members, go to committee website. To contact CCHF to discuss a letter or testimony, call us at 651-646-8935 (CCHF office) or email

Your Immediate Action is Essential! 

Last year, we stopped this bill. But this year, with legislators not facing an election, your help will be especially critical.

Click on 'View PDF' for a one-page informational document that you can share.   Sign our petition by going to this link:


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