CCHF Responds to MDH Press Release on Baby DNA

CCHF Responds to MDH Press Release on Baby DNA

St. Paul/Minneapolis—Today, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a press release on their plan to begin destroying baby DNA as required by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, provides the following comments:

 
"As opposed to Commissioner Ehlinger's quote, the newborn residual bloodspots are not a 'valuable public health resource,' they are the DNA of every newborn citizen, which the Department has been claiming as theirs. They've been storing, using, and sharing them for research without the consent of parents. It would be illegal for the State to collect and store the DNA of adults, but they have been doing it to up-and-coming adults, in other words, newborns, without authority and in violation of state law for years..."

 

Congressional Bill Will Impact Payments to Doctors

Congressional Bill Will Impact Payments to Doctors

St. Paul, Minn.The House of Representatives last night struck down an amended payroll tax cut bill passed by the Senate that would have delayed by two months drastic cuts in Medicare payments to physicians.

 

Nurses Fired, Administrators Hired to Handle Paperwork Overload of Obamacare

Nurses Fired, Administrators Hired to Handle Paperwork Overload of Obamacare

St. Paul, Minn.Hospitals and health care organizations around the country are in job-creation mode. But it’s not what you think. Unfortunately, they’re in firing mode, too.

 

MN Supreme Court Says State of Minnesota in Violation of MN Genetic Privacy Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Minnesota Department of Health is violating the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Law with its storage, use and dissemination of newborn screening test results and newborn DNA.

Supreme Court Says Today It Will Hear Its First 'Obamacare' Case This Spring

Supreme Court Says Today It Will Hear Its First 'Obamacare' Case This Spring

St. Paul, Minn.The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear its first case against President Barack Obama’s controversial health care overhaul —also known as Obamacare. The case, expected to begin in March with a decision by June, could shake the political landscape just as voters start to decide if Obama deserves another term.

Federally-Issued ID Numbers Violate Patient Privacy

St. Paul, Minn. As proponents of a national health care system push their agenda, issues about the privacy of patient data are at the forefront of the debate.

CCHF Opposes Dayton's Executive Order on Health Reform

CCHF Opposes Dayton's Executive Order on Health Reform
In response to today's "Establishing a Vision for Health Care Reform in Minnesota" Executive Order signed and issued by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, the organization which defeated the Governor's proposed Health Insurance Exchange last session, makes the following statement:
 
"Governor Dayton has overreached his executive authority and wronged the Minnesota public. The Governor does not have authority to implement the federal health care reform law. In moving Obamacare forward in Minnesota without legislative authority, Governor Dayton is following federal law, not state law. This is a violation of his powers and responsibilities under the Minnesota constitution. The Minnesota legislature did not grant the governor authority to implement or spend federal funds to implement Obamacare...
 
 
 

Essential Health Benefits Not Expected Until Spring

St. Paul, Minn.A key part of the controversial health care debate in the U.S. is that of “essential health benefits,” or the categories of services that every insurance plan will be required to cover under the health reform law.

Obama Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Health Care Act

St. Paul, Minn.—The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the 2010 controversial health care act and uphold the plan, also known as Obamacare.

New Medical Technologies May Mean Gaps in Patient Privacy

New Medical Technologies May Mean Gaps in Patient Privacy

St. Paul, Minn.—New technologies flood the health care world daily, but according to a new report, patient privacy may ultimately suffer.