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Finding Common Ground Leads to Major Victories

Finding Common Ground Leads to Major Victories

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 22: Issue 2: 2nd Quarter 2019 

CCHF Urges President Trump to Delink Medicare and Social Security

CCHF Urges President Trump to Delink Medicare and Social Security

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump with an urgent request that will impact nearly every American as they age. 

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For much of its 20-plus-year existence, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has worked to educate patients, policy makers, the media, medical professionals and even Congress that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “Privacy Rule” isn’t about privacy at all. 

Letter to President Trump Re: Surprise Medical Bills

Running on Empty: CCHF Points to New Report Showing Rising Costs and Future Insolvency for Medicare

Running on Empty: CCHF Points to New Report Showing Rising Costs and Future Insolvency for Medicare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The recently released 2019 Medicare Trustees Report shows that Medicare spending will spike by 2038, with total Medicare costs expected to grow from 3.7% of gross domestic product in 2018 to 5.9% in the next 20 years, Modern Healthcare reported.

Burdensome Regulations Are Pushing Doctors Out of Medicine

Burdensome Regulations Are Pushing Doctors Out of Medicine

ST. PAUL, Minn.—According to a new study from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the nation may face a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032, Healthcare Dive has reported. 

In part, the article blames the shortage on the “graying” of America, as both medical professionals and patients age, stating that “one-third of active doctors will be older than 65 within the next decade.” 

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.

Should ‘Non-Profit’ Hospitals Be Taxed?

Should ‘Non-Profit’ Hospitals Be Taxed?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Nearly 15 years ago, when Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) chaired the Senate Finance Committee, the IRS sent a letter to the Committee stating that “some tax-exempt health care providers may not differ markedly from for-profit providers in their operations, their attention to the benefit of the community, or their levels of charity care.”

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.