The CARES Act Leaves Substance Abuse Patients Vulnerable

The CARES Act Leaves Substance Abuse  Patients Vulnerable

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) expresses its deep concern over Congress’ decision to weaken the privacy rights of Americans with sensitive substance use and abuse issues. Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF provides the following statement: 

The CARES Act Creates Nationwide Health Surveillance System

The CARES Act Creates Nationwide Health Surveillance System

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) releases the following statement from its president, Twila Brase, RN, PHN: “Congress just approved $500 million for the creation of a nationwide health surveillance system. While it is not clear exactly how this will look, this system is not a last-minute decision based on the current emergency..."

Postpone REAL ID – Not Just Its Deadline

Postpone REAL ID – Not Just Its Deadline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) thanks President Trump for announcing that the REAL ID deadline will be postponed, and will soon send a letter to the president with a request.

COVID-19 and the Impact of ACA Consolidation

COVID-19 and the Impact of ACA Consolidation

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With coronavirus spreading nationwide, the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) wants to remind Americans how ten years of the Affordable Care Act have created barriers and regulations that reduce patient access to care, not only during a nationwide public health crisis but every day of the year.

Congress Shouldn't Take Advantage of COVID-19 to Impose Price Controls on Doctors

Congress Shouldn't Take Advantage of COVID-19 to Impose Price Controls on Doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) opposes any last-minute attempt by the U.S. Senate HELP committee, as reported by Modern Healthcare, to use COVID-19 legislation to impose price controls on physicians as a way of solving surprise medical bills.

In Coronavirus Emergency, Be Persuasive Not Coercive

In Coronavirus Emergency, Be Persuasive Not Coercive

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) releases the following statement regarding COVID-19 by its president and co-founder, Twila Brase:

Trump Admin’s Interoperability Rules Fail to Give Patients Full Control

Trump Admin’s Interoperability Rules Fail to Give Patients Full Control

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) expresses concern about the lack of privacy protections in the Trump administration’s newly released health information interoperability rules on patient medical records by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Nation Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

California Abuses Patient Trust By Evaluating Children for “Toxic Stress”

California Abuses Patient Trust By Evaluating Children for “Toxic Stress”

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is warning parents about California’s newest push to screen children for “toxic stress.” Starting this year, well-child visits for millions of California children could include questions about highly sensitive and delicate topics, such as divorce, family income, and unstable household environments.

Will Minnesota Lawmakers Let Google Have Patient Medical Records?

Will Minnesota Lawmakers Let Google Have Patient Medical Records?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is calling on Minnesota legislators to hold their ground and defend the Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) from large data corporations, health industry giants, and government entities that want it repealed. The MHRA is the nation’s strongest medical privacy and patient consent rights law.

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A major change to Minnesota’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) took place on January 1, 2020. The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will no longer have access to four years of identifiable patient prescription data, which it had been using for research without patient consent. Going forward, the board will have diminishing amounts of data available for analysis and research. By 2022, only the past 12 months of patient prescription data will be stored, on a rolling basis.