Minnesota Engagement

CCHF Launches National “Refuse to Enroll” Campaign

CCHF Launches National “Refuse to Enroll” Campaign

ST. PAUL, Minn.— As Obamacare prepares to officially kick off on October 1, 2013, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.orglaunches the national  “Refuse to Enroll” campaign with a flier detailing steps Americans can take to stop its implementation.

Huge Fiscal Cliffs in Obama’s Exchanges

Huge Fiscal Cliffs in Obama’s Exchanges

MNSURE, Minnesota’s Exchange, recently placed a premium calculator online to estimate the cost of Exchange coverage. Middle income families and individuals that choose government exchange coverage will have to think twice before accepting a raise or choosing to work. 

Americans Face Fiscal Cliffs in Health Insurance Exchanges

Americans Face Fiscal Cliffs in Health Insurance Exchanges

Patient advocate Twila Brase, co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, has found unsettling and confusing problems in the health insurance exchange programs. The problems are quickly exposed by using the Minnesota state exchange premium calculator as an example.

CCHF Announces Genetic Privacy Victory

CCHF Announces Genetic Privacy Victory

The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) announced a huge victory today with the defeat of Senator John Marty’s (D-Roseville) newborn screening language.

Gov Dayton's MNsure Appointees Have Conflicts of Interest

Gov Dayton's MNsure Appointees Have Conflicts of Interest

(St. Paul/Minneapolis) Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his list of seven appointees to the MNsure health insurance exchange governance board. Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom provides the following statement in response:

 

'Biobank' bill threatens genetic privacy

'Biobank' bill threatens genetic privacy

CCHF President, Twila Brase, was published in the Pioneer Press on April 17, 2013 regarding legislation in the Minnesota House and Senate that would grant authority for DNA and personal medical information to be collected, stored and used for research WITHOUT individual consent. It has now been APPROVED by the Senate but still will need to be heard by the House before it can go to the Governor. Protect your Privacy! Sign the NoBiobank petition

Twila Speaking at DNA BioBank Press Conference

Twila Speaking at DNA BioBank Press Conference

On April 10, 2013, CCHF Presidenta Twila Brase spoke at a press conference hosted by Rep. Peggy Scott opposing the creation of a DNA BioBank by the state of Minnesota. She was joined Dr. Michelle Goodwin, a Bioethics professor from the U of M, and several other members of the MN House and Senate.

Minnesota DNA Biobank Poses Threat to Genetic Privacy Rights

Minnesota DNA Biobank Poses Threat to Genetic Privacy Rights

 “The Minnesota legislature is proposing to create a biobank of genetic information including biological specimens and health data. The Minnesota Department of Health biobank would be exempt from the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Act, and its informed written consent requirement. Therefore they could collect, store, use, and disseminate genetic information without individual consent.

Data Security in State Exchanges and Federal Hub is Impossible

Data Security in State Exchanges and Federal Hub is Impossible

CCHF maintains that the speed of implementation will result in insufficient data protections in a PPACA technology infrastructure that is a rich target for data thieves and that patient data will be compromised, and therefore implementation must be halted until patient data security can be assured.

CCHF States Senate Passage of MNHIX Bill Damages Citizen Healthcare

CCHF States Senate Passage of MNHIX Bill Damages Citizen Healthcare

“This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate made the final vote to pass the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, or MN HIX, bill, which passed by a vote of 39 to 28. Not a single Republican Senator voted for the bill and one Democrat voted in opposition of it during the House vote last week.