Action Opportunity

Make Your Voice Heard!

The Minnesota Department of Health plans to expand Health Surveillance on Citizens!

On February 14, 2005, as a result of CCHC's efforts to notify the public, the Minnesota Department of Health will hold a hearing on proposed amendments to the Minnesota Communicable Disease Reporting Rules, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4605.

The proposed amendments expand health surveillance and collection of patient-identifiable medical record data without patient consent. The amendments also allow MDH to require reporting of pregnancies and expected due dates of certain women. In addition, MDH is proposing new authority to "evaluate" contacts of reported cases and suspected cases of communicable diseases, potentially allowing health officials to require testing and treatment of citizens without their consent.

To Attend Public Hearing:

Date: Monday, February 14, 2005
Presiding: Judge Barbara Neilson
Room: Chesley Room
Place: Minnesota Department of Health
Address: 717 Delaware St. SE, Mpls.
Time: 9:00 a.m. until all interested parties have been heard
Phone: 612-676-5414 (MDH)
Contact: Patricia Segal Freeman

To contact the Judge with your Concerns:

Deadline: Monday, March 7 (4:30 p.m. CST)
Administrative Law Judge Barbara Neilson
Office of Administrative Hearings
100 Washington Square, Ste 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2138
612-341-7604 (ph.)
612-349-2665 (fx.)

MDH Summary of Proposed Changes

MDH Notice (December 27, 2004)

Minnesota Department of Health web page with Links to Documents

For more information:
Contact Citizens' Council on Health Care, 651-646-8935, 1-866-949-9428,

Media Contact:

Twila Brase, President and Co-founder
Office: 651-646-8935