Tax Time = Time to Opt-Out of Obamacare

Tax Time = Time to Opt-Out of Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As we begin the month of April, many Americans begrudgingly work to finish preparing their tax returns for the 2017 year. For many, because Obamacare penalties are not zeroed out until 2019, there’s special attention directed towards the Affordable Care Act and the tax penalties associated with going uninsured.

EHRs Were Supposed to Save Money— But Aren’t

EHRs Were Supposed to Save Money— But Aren’t

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Proponents of electronic health records (EHRs) say digital medical records are supposed to cut costs, but a new major study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Duke University shows how the promised savings aren’t materializing.

10 Harms of Stripping Patient Consent

10 Harms of Stripping Patient Consent

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is alerting Minnesota residents—and the nation—about two bills that would void patient consent requirements found in the Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) by imposing the federal HIPAA “no consent” rule.

Not All EHRs Are Created Equal

Not All EHRs Are Created Equal

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Anyone familiar with Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) knows the patient advocacy and privacy protection organization is no fan of the government mandate to install and “meaningfully use” Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Minnesota Legislators Introduce Bills to Bypass Consent Requirements and End Patient Privacy

Minnesota Legislators Introduce Bills to Bypass Consent Requirements and End Patient Privacy

As Minnesota employs some of the country’s toughest patient privacy laws, this exception downgrades Minnesota’s consent requirements to the level of the federal HIPAA “No Privacy” rule, says CCHF. The bills, if passed, would circumvent Minnesota’s strongest-in-the-nation privacy law and render it useless.

Idaho Is Leading the Way Back to Affordable Health Insurance

Idaho Is Leading the Way Back to Affordable Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As some states are pushing for their own individual mandate to purchase health insurance or be penalized, the state of Idaho is working to break free from the clutches of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

CCHF Exposes IDEMIA and the Push for National Biometric IDs in America

CCHF Exposes IDEMIA and the Push for National Biometric IDs in America

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A stalwart advocate for patient privacy, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) has released a new report exposing a global corporation that is working with state and federal government agencies to facilitate the collection of biometric data from Americans.

Health Plans & Hospitals Attempting to Repeal Minnesota Law That Protects Patient Privacy

Health Plans & Hospitals Attempting to Repeal Minnesota Law That Protects Patient Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota has one of the strongest medical privacy laws in the nation, but major industry players, such as hospitals, health plans, lawyers and the Minnesota Department of Health, want to repeal these protective provisions.

ACA 'Stabilization' Plans Rear Ugly Head Again

ACA 'Stabilization' Plans Rear Ugly Head Again


ST. PAUL, Minn.—After stabilization efforts for the failing Affordable Care Act appeared to have gone by the wayside, it seems as though lawmakers from both parties are taking another look, reports Axios.

Patients Need Privacy Protections in All Medical Matters, Not Just Substance Abuse

Patients Need Privacy Protections in All Medical Matters, Not Just Substance Abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Two bills in Congress seek to roll back the restrictions on a 46-year-old law that currently keeps information about drug and alcohol treatment private. The new measures would allow broad sharing of this sensitive information.