CCHC Highlights Impact of Efforts at 2003 Legislative Session

St. Paul, Minnesota - With information and testimony provided by the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), Minnesota legislators added protective language to certain legislative proposals and completely rejected others. Positive legislative or state agency changes that resulted from CCHC's efforts during the 2003 Minnesota legislative session include:

  • Minnesota Health Department medical data collection rule withdrawn.
  • Informed opt-out provision added to the Newborn Genetic Testing bill.
  • Rejection of the Senate plan to ration care through the Oregon Health Plan.
  • Privacy protections added to the Medical Error Reporting bill, as well as a prohibition against state promotion of competing medical treatments.
  • Demise of proposal to require hospitals and doctors to report birth of babies to county social services without a court order.
  • Demise of proposal to allow county mental health workers to share mental health data with law enforcement without patient consent.

Twila Brase, president of CCHC, notes:

"We are very pleased that our efforts put the state's plan to collect health data on hold. However, because the health department can still obtain private medical records by law, this battle is not over."

"We're also pleased that our concerns about the Oregon 'Health Care Rationing' Plan were useful in preserving the integrity of health care in Minnesota."

"The legislative debate over parent consent for newborn genetic testing is just the tip of the genomics iceberg. The next decade will determine whether a citizens' rights to their own DNA and body tissues is acknowledged in law."


Media Contact:

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