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CCHF Applauds U.S. Senate’s Continued Prohibition on Unique Patient Identifier

CCHF Applauds U.S. Senate’s Continued Prohibition on Unique Patient Identifier

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) applauds the U.S. Senate’s proposed Labor-HHS fiscal 2020 budget released on Wednesday that retains former Congressman Ron Paul’s longstanding prohibition on funding the development of a government-issued unique patient identifier (UPI).

Contact Congress About 3 Critical Health Care Issues While They Are Home for Recess

Contact Congress About 3 Critical Health Care Issues While They Are Home for Recess

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Even though Congress could be called back from the August recess to address gun measures after the devastating shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is urging state residents to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives about three important health care issues.

House Vote to Support a National Patient ID would be the End of Privacy

House Vote to Support a National Patient ID would be the End of Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.— In an amendment Wednesday night to H.R. 2740, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate the longstanding prohibition against funding a national patient ID, essentially a national tracking number to link all medical records together, requiring the ID for access to care (“no card, no care”). A stalwart advocate for patient privacy, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is deeply concerned about this reality.   

CCHF Responds to HHS Interoperability Request with Solutions to Protect Patients

CCHF Responds to HHS Interoperability Request with Solutions to Protect Patients

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is weighing in on the “heart” of the interoperability matter within health care. 

Congressional Attempt to End Surprise Medical Bills Will Socialize Doctors

Congressional Attempt to End Surprise Medical Bills Will Socialize Doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Few would deny that surprise medical bills are a problem. Patients experience these shocks to their wallets when they visit a hospital or provider for a service or treatment they thought was “covered” by their insurance. Weeks later, they may receive a surprise medical bill with out-of-pocket costs totaling hundreds or even thousands of dollars. CCHF has sent a letter to President Trump telling him there's a better way than the price controls Congress proposes to impose on physicians.

Texas v. The United States

Texas v. The United States

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to affirm the invalidation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Cruz and Palmer Reintroduce Act to Allow Seniors to Opt-Out of Medicare Without Losing Social Security Benefits

Cruz and Palmer Reintroduce Act to Allow Seniors to Opt-Out of Medicare Without Losing Social Security Benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past November, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) and 37 other respected organizations urged President Donald Trump via a letter to allow senior citizens to voluntarily opt-out of Medicare—without losing their Social Security benefits. Four more groups have recently signed on to the letter: Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Veterans for America, Practicing Physicians of America and Americans for Tax Reform.

In a World Where the Affordable Care Act No Longer Exists…

In a World Where the Affordable Care Act No Longer Exists…

ST. PAUL, Minn.—March was a great month for health care freedom.

On March 25, the Trump administration’s Department of Justice fully sided with the decision by United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas Reed O’Connor, who late last year ruled the Affordable Care Act invalid and unconstitutional. 

Socialized Medicine Threatens Patients’ Freedom, Privacy, Access to Care and Much More

Socialized Medicine Threatens Patients’ Freedom, Privacy, Access to Care and Much More

ST. PAUL, Minn.— A crowded field of 2020 presidential hopefuls is already sharing platforms with the American people. And most of the would-be candidates support an expanded role for government.   But socializing medicine bit by bit, as the Affordable Care Act has done, or in one fell swoop, such as Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All bill would do, certainly isn’t the answer...

Surprise Medical Bills Are Not the Problem— The Network Is

Surprise Medical Bills Are Not the Problem— The Network Is

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s an all-too-common problem many Americans have faced. 

Patients visit a hospital or provider for a service or treatment they thought was “covered” by their insurance, only to receive a surprise medical bill weeks later with out-of-pocket costs totaling hundreds or even thousands of dollars.