Governor Pawlenty Heads Down Wrong Road with Health Commissioner Finalists

The Governor's choice of health commissioners is a sign that he is not thinking about free-markets or freedom in health care. Ms. Edwards and Dr. Magnan have long supported managed care and cost control strategies that restrict patient access to medical treatment.

MN Health Department Yanks Baby DNA Rule to Avoid Judge's Parent Consent Requirements

Clearly, the Minnesota Department of Health is not interested in protecting the genetic privacy and property rights of its newest citizens and their families. Instead they hope to use the legislative process to maintain their illegal ownership of baby DNA," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

The Minnesota Health Information Exchange

The Minnesota Health Information Exchange announced today by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is a serious threat to patient privacy, and patient control over medical treatment decisions, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

Governor Pawlenty Failing to Act on Illegally Obtained Baby DNA

Governor Tim Pawlenty has given no indication that he has required his administration to obey the law and destroy ten years of illegally obtained newborn blood and DNA samples, says Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC).

Federal Proposal Threatens Patient Privacy and Patient Consent Rights

In a letter sent today to the federal government, the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) stated their opposition to the “National Health Data Stewardship Entity” proposed by an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

CCHC Sends Letter to Governor Pawlenty

This legislation is a very slippery slope. We dare not begin forcing people to register their private purchases with the government. We dare not remove health insurance from the private market and make citizens go through the government to buy it. And we dare not begin depriving individuals of their right to make private purchases free from government surveillance, government inspection and government fees…We therefore urge you not to move forward with this proposal.

CCHC, Citizens, and Legislators Ask Governor & Legislative Leadership to Protect Individual Healthcare Rights

At a press conference held today, Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) asked Governor Tim Pawlenty and legislative leadership to protect the individual rights and privacy rights of citizens in the second Health and Human Services bill that will follow yesterday's veto of the first HHS bill.

Quality measurement and pay-for-performance have major flaws, say speakers at World Health Care Congress

Quality measurement and pay-for-performance are not without their problems, said participants of a panel chaired yesterday at the World Health Care Congress by a Thomas Valuck, MD, JD, the director of Value-Based Purchasing at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CCHC Asks Governor Pawlenty to Withdraw the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

If the Exchange becomes law, Minnesotans will no longer be allowed to purchase health insurance privately. In the future, the Exchange could be empowered to determine insurance benefits, limit choice of insurers, set prices, and monitor every aspect of the insurance industry, included the insured,” warned Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

MN Health Committee Tables Governor's Online Medical Records Bill after CCHC Testified

The Governor's bill, House File 1726, was written by the Minnesota Department of Health. It was developed by the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee, a group primarily made up of the health care industry, health plans, government, and large employer groups.