Government Health Powers Act

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NOTE: The following set of topics, documents and pages contains historical, and sometimes still current items, from when this set of pages was first created in the aftermath of 9/11. Various pages have been altered or updated several times in subsequent years, including during the Swine Flu crisis. 

HISTORY: In October 2001, the "Model State Emergency Health Powers Act" was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The agency had been working on this proposal for at least three years. With Americans in crisis mode after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, it was released in late October. A revised version was released in December. States were encouraged to pass the model legislation in their state. Nearly 40 states introduced it as legisalation and 20 states passed it in part or in whole. As America deals with the coronavirus crisis, the following history and documentation may prove to be important background information. - Editor, April 2020


Overview - Vaccination, Quarantine, Health Powers

Declarations, Quarantine & Isolation

Know Your Rights - State Emergency Health Powers Acts

50 States - Find Your State Government Health Powers Law

Health Care Rationing Imposed

Government Health Surveillance

Know the Facts - Flu Viruses and Vaccines

U.S. Code

Minnesota Laws & Documents

MN Facts and Rights - Back Side

CCHC Testifies to Constitutional Concerns In Minnesota Health Powers Act

The Minnesota Emergency Health Powers Act has faulty reasoning and constitutional concerns according to Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), a health care policy group which provided testimony in the Senate Health and Family Security Committee today.

CCHC Closed Meeting Provision Attached to Anti-Terrorism Bill

Closed meetings on security and emergency response procedures should not include discussions and decisions about medical procedures that impact the physical bodies of citizens, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC). The Civil Law Committee agreed. The amendment proposed by CCHC, and approved by the bill's author, was attached to the Minnesota House anti-terrorism bill (HF 2746).

HHS Unveils 24/7 Plan to Track Patients

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released $1.1 billion and a plan to build government health surveillance systems in every state. The stated goal: to enhance public health infrastructure for bioterrorism preparedness. The plan: government access to everyone's medical record through their hospitals and doctor's offices.

"Freedom's Victory" Not Found in President's Pledge to Public Health Surveillance

Although President Bush stated that "America will lead by defending liberty and justice, because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere," CCHC is concerned about a single sentence of the speech: "Knowledge gained from bioterrorism research will improve public health."

CDC's Model State Emergency Health Powers Act Goes Too Far

To combat bioterrorism, federal health officials have proposed that state legislators give state health officials new powers over citizens. The powers proposed in the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act would be broad and sweeping, forcing citizens to submit to physical examinations, tests, quarantine and vaccinations against their will.