MN Health Records Act (MHRA)

CCHF has met with legislative members, House and Senate leadership, and House and Senate committee chairs to discuss the consent-attack plan that's underway to repeal the protective Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) - one of the strongest patient consent laws in the nation. 

We have three purposes:

1. To inform you of this major assault on Minnesotan's consent

2. To tell you not to accept the lies you're going to hear

3. To ask for your help to hold YOUR legislator's feet to the fire!

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1. Minnesota's Patient Consent Law is Under MAJOR Attack:

MN's current medical consent law is STRONGER than the federal HIPAA "no-consent" rule — and those who don't like this barrier between them and your medical data are committed to repealing the MN law THIS session.

Big Business and Big Government have joined forces to repeal the law. Lobbyists from these groups are in full attack mode: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota's health plans, MN Hospital Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and Minnesota Business Partnership.

These groups want ready-access to ALL THE DATA IN ALL YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS without your consent: clinics, hospitals, health plans, and all their "business associates," including lawyers. US Dept. of HHS lists 1.5 million business associates who can have access to your data under HIPAA without your consent, if your doctor, hospital or insurer gives it to them. But under MN's consent law, they must get your consent!

2. Don't accept the lies you're going to hear: You'll hear versions of:

a) We're just conforming MN law to the HIPAA standard. (TRUTH: MN already conforms. HIPAA allows states to write stronger consent laws)
b) It's a way to reduce costs and coordinate care (TRUTH: it's a violation of privacy and consent rights...and data is a profitable asset.)
c) 48 states have conformed to HIPAA (TRUTH: MN conforms to HIPAA (see (a)). Other states also protect certain consent rights, just like Minnesota)

3. Send an Email to Hold YOUR legislators' Feet to the FIRE:

Legislators who support patient consent and privacy say they need help to stop this Big Biz/Big Gov't plan! We've devised a SIMPLE strategy—and it requires YOU!

For that, we need you to send an email to your own state senator and representative to ask them how they will vote on this issue. Get it in writing and on record. Then, send us their response so we can support those willing to stand up for privacy and talk to those who need more facts.

Thank you to everyone who has already reached out. CCHF has heard from legislators that they have constituents with concerns. Keep up the pressure!

As their constituent, YOU can hold them accountable for their vote and ask them to protect your medical privacy and consent rights.

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FACT: This will be a fight to the finish.

 

Send this to your MN friends and family. We need their help too!

If you have any additional questions about this issue or would like to help in additional ways, please call our main office at 651-646-8935.

CCHF is committed to stopping their privacy-attack plan. We will be sending you weekly updates on this issue and will let you know what you can do to protect your privacy and consent rights.

To sign up for these alerts, follow this link.

Your voice and your action is essential. We cannot even hope to win if you do not engage!

 

Letter sent to Rep. Zerwas & Sen. Pratt

 

 

Defending the Strongest Patient Privacy Law in America

Defending the Strongest Patient Privacy Law in America

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 22: Issue 1: 1st Quarter 2019 

MN Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy

MN Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy

Watch the video of the MN Senate committee stopping patient consent repeal.  CCHF fought hard to stop SF 1575 (Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake) - a bill to remove patient consent requirements in the Minnesota Health Records Act.

TOMORROW - Big Business Wants Your Medical Records!

TOMORROW - Big Business Wants Your Medical Records!

Act Today! MN Senate File 1575 allows corporations to claim your medical records as their own!  With your calls, emails, or written testimony, we can stop this bill at the MN legislative hearing tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, March 12. Join us at the hearing if you can! Contact committee members and your MN state senator TODAY to oppose SF 1575, which allows the powerful business community to access and use your medical records to control the exam room—and pursue profits. Will you help us stop them?

CCHF Urges MN Residents to Help Stop Bill to Repeal Patient Consent Requirements

CCHF Urges MN Residents to Help Stop Bill to Repeal Patient Consent Requirements

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is urging Minnesota residents to help stop a plan to repeal the state’s strong patient consent requirements—patient rights to control who accesses medical data and the patient’s right to stop outsiders from interfering in the exam room. 

 

MN Business Groups Want to Control Your Doctor

MN Business Groups Want to Control Your Doctor

Act Now!  HF 831 "SHREDS" your consent rights and control!   With your calls, your emails or your written or oral testimony, we can stop this bill!  Join us at the hearing if you can! And ask committee members and your MN state legislators to oppose HF 831 and any legislation that circumvents, partially repeals, or fully repeals the current, longstanding patient-consent requirements for sharing, using, analyzing or selling your medical information. 

MN Legislative Update with Sue Jeffers on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130

MN Legislative Update with Sue Jeffers on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130

CCHF's State Legislative and Policy Director, Matt Flanders, shared a MN legislative update with Sue Jeffers on Twin Cities News Talk, AM 1130.  Sue and Matt discussed the DFL's MinnesotaCare "Buy-In" option and their plan to not let the MnCare provider tax go away, which taxes the sick and is scheduled to be repealed in January 2020. Follow this link to listen to the interview.

 

CITIZEN PETITION - Protect Patient Consent Rights

CITIZEN PETITION - Protect Patient Consent Rights

I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Walz to protect my patient privacy & consent rights.

CLICK HERE to sign the Petition

Seven More Days! What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Seven More Days!  What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Every day the MN legislature is in session your money and liberty are at risk. There are only seven days left, but do not breathe easy. The end-of-session pressure adds to the risk.

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is alerting Minnesota residents about a crucial legislative vote Thursday that will impact medical privacy and patient consent rights.

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.