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.


Baby DNA Court Ruling Disregards Constitutional Rights

Yesterday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled to affirm the lower court's dismissal of the 9-parent lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The parents had challenged the collection, retention, use, and dissemination of newborn DNA by MDH as unconstitutional and in violation of the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Act.

Will MN Task Force Support Obamacare or Freedom?

(St. Paul/Minneapolis) - Today, in anticipation of tomorrow's first meeting of the task force, and after researching the members of the newly appointed Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force, Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) releases a document containing statements and positions of members that may indicate support for ObamaCare or conflict with health freedom.

Obama's Berwick Appointment Shows Lack of Transparency

In response to today's recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care, provides the following statement