Action Alerts

NewTake Action - Ask Congress Now

Urgent: Act Now!

Don't be a bystander -- contact your Members of Congress on these three troubling proposals! Congress is in recess and Members won't return until September 9th, 2019. Now is the best time to contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the IRS to Leave Health Sharing and Private Doctors Alone!

ACTION ALERT! A new proposed federal regulation could restrict patient access to private doctors and decimate a rapidly growing model of free-market medicine in America.

Submit your comments by the Monday, August 10 deadline!

Call Congress to Oppose National Patient ID Amendment

Congress is voting today, July 30, on an appropriations amendment to lift the 20-year ban on a National Patient ID for all Americans. Called a Unique Patient Identifier, the UPI would combine all of your private information, creating a master key that would open the door to every American’s medical, financial and other private data. Each American would be issued a single number. Contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives today!

Amicus Briefs

Texas v. The United States

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to affirm the invalidation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Matt Sissel v Department of Health and Human Services, et al

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and individual physicians to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Matt Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Servs, et al, a case opposing the delete and replace actions of the US Senate in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with 57 non-profit organizations to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California, a case opposing the demand by the Attorney General of California that nonprofits file an un-redacted copy of Schedule B to Internal Revenue Service Form 990, thus forcing the groups to disclose the names and addresses of the organizations

Articles/Letters Published

Letter to MN Board of Pharmacy on HCQ Reversal

Protests prove that government isn’t afraid to reopen society

OPINION -- State and local governments’ acceptance of widespread protests over the last couple of weeks is an admission that society is ready to reopen from its coronavirus-induced shutdown.

Letter to Governor Walz on State-wide Hospital Surveillance System

CCHF Analyses of Legislation

Real ID

Letter to the Editor printed in the Minneapolis StarTribune on 5-19-16 written by Twila Brase, CCHF President, regarding Minnesota REAL ID legislation

You Can Still Fly - REAL ID Rule

From the Federal Register January 9, 2008 Rules and Regulations:

"DHS notes that individuals without a REAL ID-compliant document will still be able to enter Federal facilities and board commercial aircraft, and these rules cannot determine what alternative documents are acceptable for those purposes."

 

State to State Data Sharing - The Law

REAL ID Law:  Electronic Access to State Motor Vehicle Databases

 

CCHF Obamacare Briefs

Will You Be Exempt from the Individual Mandate?

IRS DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: May 2, 2013

Comment online: www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-148500-12)

Starting on page 8 of the 73-page proposed IRS rule to implement the mandate:

"[The federal health care reform law] provides that an individual is exempt for a month for which the individual lacks access to affordable minimum essential coverage... 

CCHF Statements

Patient Rights Are Being Violated, and Congress is OK With It

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF)  In response to news reports about Google receiving private patient data without patient consent from Ascension health care systems in 21 states, Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom and author of “Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth about Electronic Health Records” makes the following statement:

Trump signs EO - Will Negatively Impact Patient Privacy and Autonomy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—President Donald Trump signed an executive order this afternoon that aims to increase transparency surrounding the health care system’s “opaque prices,” Politico reported. 

House Vote to Support a National Patient ID would be the End of Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.— In an amendment Wednesday night to H.R. 2740, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate the longstanding prohibition against funding a national patient ID, essentially a national tracking number to link all medical records together, requiring the ID for access to care (“no card, no care”). A stalwart advocate for patient privacy, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is deeply concerned about this reality.   

Declaration

Diagrams

Socialized Medicine USA 1942 - 2020

INFOGRAPHIC: "The Socialized Medicine Takeover by HMOs and Health Plans"   The push to socialized medicine has a long history in America.  See where it all started in this detailed diagram, and how employer-sponsored coverage and managed care have been foundational to its advance. NOTE: CCHF's Wedge of Health Freedom provides one escape route (jointhewedge.com).

Real ID Compliant and Non-Compliant States

Alternative Payment Models Diagram - Manatt

Alternative Payment Models (APMs), under the 2010 Obamacare law and the 2015 GOP “Doc Fix” bill (MACRA), are altering physician practice. The goal of government officials and health plan executives is to pay doctors for “value,” not their time or their services. The CMS Innovation Center has initiated most of the APMs listed in the diagram below, including ACOs and bundled payments. Who Defines “Value” of Care?

eNews Commentary

Why Are Republicans Silent on Obamacare Ruling?

Republicans have pushed the mute button. On Friday evening, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional and the ACA "invalid" but many Republicans are quiet as mice.

Prior Authorization Endangers Patients

Why are health plans permitted to tell doctors how to practice medicine?  Have you questioned this dangerous assertion of corporate power over the physician, who has 11 to 15 years of training, or have you just accepted it?

Does Trump Like or Dislike Socialized Medicine?

President Trump’s commentary in USA TODAY against Medicare for All raised hackles in some conservative circles. He seemed to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth on socialized medicine...But it may not be as it seems! See why...

 

Event Notices

Virtual Event Platform Guide and Tips 2020

Registration is Open!

Join us!   Thursday, September 24th, 2020 @ 7:00pm 
JOIN us to hear Twila Brase give an update on our recent successes and learn about the exciting world - and explosive growth - of health care sharing.   

FREE EVENT  |  LIVE STREAM  | Q&A
Virtual Doors open at 6:30pm.  Come early for the slideshow!

CCHF is Seeking a Dynamic Legislative and Policy Manager to Join Our Team

Are you skilled at building relationships?  Do the words ethical, professional, and trustworthy apply to you?  Do you want your work to make a difference in peoples’ lives?  If YES, then we want YOU to join our team and make real change in government!  

Federal Laws

10 Reasons to Refuse to Enroll in 2019

President Trump Weakens ACA — Strengthens Freedom

The Trump administration has two exciting new announcements on health care that will enable more freedom, affordability, innovation, and flexibility.

Congress Can Restore Medicare Freedom

CCHF is asking President Trump to remove the instructions that prohibit senior citizens from receiving Social Security retirement benefits if they refuse to enroll in Medicare.

As a result of executive instructions in the SSA POMS (Social Security Administration Procedural Operations Manual System) that were issued by previous administrations without Congressional authority, American senior citizens who refuse to enroll in Medicare Part A (hospitalization) are not allowed to receive Social Security benefits. Furthermore, if they disenroll, they must repay all Medicare and Social Security benefits they've received.

This is not a law or a rule. The executive instructions added to the POMS trap citizens in Medicare and, in most cases, make Medicare the person’s primary insurance even if they have other preferred primary coverage.

President Trump has the executive authority to delete these instructions without approval by Congress. His executive action would:

  • Set up a hedge against the "Medicare for all" proposals
  • Open the markets to lifelong private medical insurance, and
  • Reduce the financial strain on Medicare, which is expected to be insolvent in 2026, according to the 2018 Medicare Trustees report.

Please sign our petition to President Trump to allow senior citizens to voluntarily OPT OUT of Medicare without losing access to their Social Security benefits.


Click here to view more information 
Click here to print a copy of the petition

Federal Reform

Letter to President Trump Re: Surprise Medical Bills

Opioid Crisis Act Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander

Our organization is writing to you regarding the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680), which was marked up yesterday. On pages 2-3, I detail just some of our concernsregarding the original bill, as the marked-up bill is not yet available, and likely parts or most remain. 

CCHF Letter to Walden, Burgess, & Barton regarding Jessie's Law

We are concerned about the impact of this legislation on patient rights, patient privacy, and patient access to timely and essential medical care. We request that the legislation NOT be passed.

Health Freedom Watch

A Legislative Session to Remember

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 23: Issue2: 2nd Quarter 2020 

Wrapping Up a Productive Year in Washington, D.C.

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 23: Issue1: 1st Quarter 2020 

Freedom for America's Seniors!

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 22: Issue 4: 4th Quarter 2019 

Info Cards/Brochures

HIPAA Info Wallet Card

Business card containing the HIPAA alert information

Privacy & Health Care Reform - 10 Things Patients & Doctors Need to Know

Informational brochure on the impact of Obamacare on patient privacy.

Spread the Word: CCHC Information Cards

LARGER VIEWS OF CARDS & BROCHURES

Minnesota Documents

CCHF Letter to MDH Commissioner Malcolm

"We are deeply concerned with your April 2 'Notification Letter' letter to Minnesota hospitals regarding 'Situational Awareness.' Whether by accident or design, your Notification Letter falsely suggests that you have the authority to compel hospitals to provide MDH with all general population patient data, rather than limited, specific and authorized data necessary to support MDH’s COVID-19 surveillance efforts. . . ."

MN Individual Insurance Market Becomes Gov't Program

MNSure, the Obamacare exchange website, has announced the stabilization of premium costs due to the new state reinsurance program. They note “costs are decreasing in most cases.” But the costs are not decreasing. They’re being paid for by taxpayers. As this letter shows federal taxes of more than $1 billion will be used to subsidize the entire MN individual market, which has been put into a new subsidized government program called the Minnesota Premium Security Plan.

CCHF Letter to MN Governor and GOP Leadership

Click to read the CCHF letter sent today to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leadership in the MN House and Senate. TOPIC Assent transfers when MN tax-exempt HMOs convert to for-profit corporations

Minnesota Reports

Let MNCare Provider Tax Expire - THREE PIE CHARTS

The 2% MinnesotaCare provider tax ("sick tax") on all medical services provided in Minnesota is due to sunset on December 31, 2019 (the result of 2011 negotiations with then DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republicans). Republicans want the tax to expire as scheduled. Democrats want to repeal the expiration and continue to tax the sick. CCHF created THREE DIAGRAMS and a ONE-PAGE OVERVIEW to show how the tax has created a slush fund, with little of the money going to the MNCare program.

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.

TEN “HIPAA” HARMS

Why Minnesota Legislature Should NOT Adopt Federal HIPAA No-Consent” Rule for Patient Medical Information 

 

Model Legislation

Individual Rights in Declared Emergencies

As exemplified during the COVID-19 outbreak, state governments have significant control over private citizens during a declared emergency. This language, currently in Minnesota Statute 12.39, specifically prohibits forced treatment, vaccinations, specimen collection and more while requiring individuals to be notified of that right to refuse. 

Universal Patient Data Consent Form

This language establishes a mandatory patient consent form for health information sharing. It allows a patient to share as much or as little information as they desire using “Yes” and “No” options for each requested data-share. Definitions attached to the form educate patients on how the information could be used allowing for more informed decision-making.

PMP Audits, Appropriate Access and Patient Access

State Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs) collect a significant amount of data on patients. In 2019, Minnesota lawmakers passed a bill to require quarterly audits of the database to ensure program integrity and appropriate access. The law also requires designee’s access to be terminated when employment ends. It also permits individuals to view who accessed their data.

National Reports

The U.S. CENSUS­: From Enumeration to Intrusion

By April 1, Americans in every household will have received the 2020 U.S. Census form in their mailbox. While enumeration continues to be one portion of the Census, the overall purpose of the Census has shifted as the nation has developed and grown. The U.S. Census and in particular, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, now collect additional private data on Americans, including information on health status and medical conditions. 

 

Exposing Idemia: The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Exposing Idemia

The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Written by Twila Brase and Matt Flanders* 

 

Capitol Hill Report

Special Report from June 19-23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

Petitions

CITIZEN PETITION - Protect Patient Consent Rights

I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Walz to protect my patient privacy & consent rights.

CLICK HERE to sign the Petition

CITIZEN PETITION - Freedom to NOT CHOOSE Medicare

** Update ** October 3, 2019:

CCHF Applauds POTUS Medicare Executive Order Maximizing Freedom for Patients and Providers

Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition and supported choice for seniors!  When citizens get involved, we can make a difference. CCHF will continue to advocte for changes to secure health freedom.

Click here to view more information on the link between Medicare and Social Security benefits, and how to restore Medicare freedom

I hereby petition the United States Congress and the Administration of President Donald J. Trump to restore freedom and choice to the Medicare and Social Security programs by allowing citizens to claim social security benefits without a requirement to enroll in Medicare.  

 

Policy Briefs

State Emergency Health Powers

On October 23, 2001, less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the proposed Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). The proposal was finalized in December 2001. It authorized state health officials and their designees to take control of people, property, health care, communications and more in a public health emergency. State legislatures debated it in 2002. Nearly 40 introduced it and 20 states passed some version of it. Most of the public is not aware of these police powers..  For more information go to www.governmenthealthpowers.us

HIPAA Action Alert - Refuse to Sign

HIPAA - The Grand Deception

HIPAA does not protect health privacy - use this one-page CCHF document at your clinic and hospital to REFUSE TO SIGN the HIPAA "privacy" form. Contact CCHF for business-card-sized "refuse to sign" forms you can carry in your wallet. For more information, read the CCHF Alert.

MN "Bureaucrats at Bedside" Plan - Q&A

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will designate certain treatment protocols as the MN standard of care. At their own discretion, they will decide which protocols will be called “evidence-based” and approved for use. MDH will collect data on physician adherence to these government-issued protocols and publicly report compliance rates on their website. Physi- cians with low compliance rates may be financially penalized.

Projects

2019 Newborn Retention by State

2019 Newborn Retention

"RefuseMNsure.com" Billboard

Did you see our recent billboard? Just in time for the MN State Fair, we began our latest action in the national Refuse to Enroll campaign focused on the Minnesota Exchange called MNsure! But if you missed the billboard, you can still be part of the effort!

Support CCHF's "Refuse to Enroll" Counter Campaign!

We need your help right now to defeat President Obama’s government Health Exchanges. It’s simple: Consumers can defeat this key component of Obamacare by simply choosing not to enroll. YOU can help us give consumers the reasons not to choose the Exchange. 

 

Public Comments

TSA's Proposed Data Collection Activity With No Public Input

CCHF sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration questioning how the American people can provide informed comments on a data collection proposal, when the proposal is not available to the public.

 

 

Letter to CMS Opposing Proposed Rule to the Stark Law (Physician Self-Referrals)

The proposed rule “proposes exceptions to the physician self-referral law for certain value-based compensation arrangements between or among physicians, providers, and suppliers.” Our organization does not support value-based payment systems, which are anti-ethical to free-markets, competition, medical ethics, and the critically-important confidential patient-doctor relationships.

Letter to HHS Opposing a Proposed Rule that Supports "Value-Based Care"

CCHF President Twila Brase writes to the Inspector General, HHS: "The proposed rule fully supports a move away from the American way of paying for services (fee-for-service) to a centralized decision-making process called “value-based care” and “value-based payment.” As the proposal notes: “The Secretary of [HHS] has identified transforming our healthcare system to one that pays for value as one of the top priorities of the Department of [HHS].”"

 

Public Documents

CONGRESS CAN: Restore Healthcare Freedom & Affordability

Restore Affordability
The high-cost of insurance and medical delivery today are a result of heavy third-party involvement in every medical decision...and burdensome regs, reporting, measurement
-  TRUE INSURANCE - Expand/Restore major-medical indemnity policies.

and more...

 

Claim an Obamacare Exemption to Avoid Penalty

In 2014, 20 million went without insurance, but only 8 million paid the penalty-tax. The remaining 12 million people claimed one of 9 exemptions (which include 14 hardship waivers). Numbers 13 and 14 are fairly broad in scope. More than 600,000 people have avoided the penalty -- and the high-cost, unaffordable premiums -- by joining a health-sharing ministry (Exemption #2). Check them out. Open Enrollment ends on January 31, 2017.

King v. Burwell Supreme Court Decision - The Text

THE RULING: On June 25, interns of news media ran the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell (Obamacare premium subsidies issued by federal exchange) to waiting reporters. Even though the plain text of the law clearly states that federal premium subsidies can only be issued by an “Exchange established by the State,” the 6-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts ignored the Rule of Law and declared subsidies could also be issued by the federal exchange. Justice Scalia’s dissent, which follows Roberts’ ruling in the document, is priceless. Read it here...

Speeches

Twila Brase's Remarks to the Senate HELP Committee, October 23, 2019

Stop Obamacare Insurance Exchanges - CCHF Speech

On September 21, CCHF President gave this speech at the Eagle Forum Council in St. Louis Missouri.

Opposing Obamacare in MN

CCHF President, Twila Brase, joins Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute to speak out in opposition to establishing an Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange in Minnesota. The forum, titled, "Perspectives on Health Insurance Exchanges," was hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.

Testimony

Testimony on SF 730

(Opioid Stewardship Program / PMP Funding and Fees / Prescription Limits / Law Enforcement / PMP Required Use / Opioid Limits)
MN Senate HHS Finance and Policy Committee
March 15, 2018 

 

Testimony on HF 1440 (Opioid Stewardship Program)

Submitted Testimony on HF 1440 (Opioid Stewardship Program) MN House HHS Reform Committee
March 15, 2018 

 

CCHF Testimony on SF 800 (Benson) - HHS Omnibus

Senate File 800 (Benson) – HHS Omnibus
MN Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday, March 29, 2017
Testimony of Twila Brase, President and Co-founder 

 

Transcripts

TRANSCRIPT: Outside, In: Will Population Health Solve What’s Ailing Our Health Care System?

 

Politico Panel Discussion – Partial Transcript by CCHF

NOTE: All emphasis ours. Some comments paraphrased or truncated.

Full descriptions and comments found here.

TRANSCRIPT: MN Legislators on Record - NO EHR, NO PENALTY

TRANSCRIPT:
House of Representatives Floor Session
Friday May 8, 2015
House File 1535
Bill Author: Representative Tara Mack

Transcript of Manny Munson-Regala’s (MN Dept of Health) Response to Chairwoman Rep. Peggy Scott

Civil Law and Data Practices – House of Representatives
Hearing on “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota”
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Transcribed by Matt Flanders, CCH Freedom
http://ww2.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/mp3ls89/civil021715.mp3