Action Alerts

NewACTION ALERT — Tell Your Senator to Stop National Patient ID!

Congress is deciding right now whether to fund a National Patient ID – a single, federally-issued number that links all your medical records together. This “Unique Patient Identifier” has been prohibited for more than 20 years due to concerns about patient privacy, personal autonomy and the national security risks associated with centralized databases of personal information. Click here to send the key decisionmakers and your U.S. Senators a message asking them NOT to fund a National Patient ID.


It’s important to stop the viral replication stage of COVID-19, thereby avoiding the dangerous cytokine storm and the microthrombosis (mini-clots) stages. Here is a list of options for receiving early treatment, including ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), if an individual cannot find access to early treatment elsewhere. "Treat first. Test later. Don't wait for test results." "Delay is what's killing people." — Dr. Darrell DeMello, MD

NewStop the National Patient ID

ASK CONGRESS: Request that the U.S. Senate and U.S. House (in the pending appropriations bill) maintain the prohibition on funding and development of the Unique Patient ID (UPI). Ask them to sign on as a sponsor to the repeal of the UPI, as introduced in H.R. 5812 by Congressman Chip Roy (and 8 co-authors) and S. 3124 by U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Marsha Blackburn. It is best to telephone your members. Email is less effective:


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

PUBLISHED — CCHF's OpEd: Digital driver’s license proposal is a bad idea

ALPHA NEWS, May 12, 2022

Digital driver's licenses give government new powers over the population. They threaten personal privacy, security, and autonomy.

In Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm uttered the famous words, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

Thankfully, the Minnesota House of Representatives is not debating whether to bring dinosaurs to life. However, one of its bills would require a report on the feasibility of transitioning to digital driver’s licenses in Minnesota — without stopping to consider whether implementing a digital ID is a good idea.

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PUBLISHED: Minnesota House to put COVID patients under surveillance?

ALPHA NEWS, May 2, 2022: The government has essentially shut down early treatment options, and under th eproposed House bill, the government's focus remains fixated on tracking COVID patients instead of treating them.

PUBLISHED — CCHF's OpEd Opposing Nationwide Sharing of Cancer Data

ALPHA NEWS, April 12, 2022: Legislation to permit nationwide sharing of names, addresses, diagnoses, treatments, and other personal information of every Minnesota cancer patient is rapidly advancing in the Minnesota House. This private data, which has long been held securely within Minnesota borders, could soon be available to government officials in every state and the federal government.

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?


Comment online: (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

CCHF Issues Letter to U.S. Senate Leadership Opposing Becerra Confirmation

While awaiting a Senate confirmation vote, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom issued an urgent plea from Twila Brase to that chamber's leadership speaking out against the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Read the original letter HERE.  Read the press release HERE.

CCHF Issues Letter Against Becerra Nomination

CCHF recently sent a letter to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) opposing the nomination of Xavier Becerra for HHS Secretary.

Big Tech Muzzles Speech

Read Twila Brase's call to fight Big Tech censorship and the fear mongering that has led to lockdowns and mandates (posted in the 1/13/21 eNews).  Click here to subscribe to CCHF's weekly eNews




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 (

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

Vaccine Passports . . . the Stealth Move to Tyranny

Vaccination passports are the antithesis of a free society.  They violate everything that is America. But that’s not stopping the Biden administration from working to make them a reality.

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?

Event Notices

UrgentCCHF 2021 Fundraising Dinner - Location now in OAKDALE!

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INWOOD OAKS EVENT CENTER 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128

"NEVER GIVE UP SPEAKING THE TRUTH" — Registration is OPEN!  Join us on September 9, 2021 for CCHF's FUNDRAISING DINNER with keynote speaker DR. SCOTT W. ATLAS.  Click "read more" for details, a registration link, and a flier to print & share!

CCHF is HIRING — Now Accepting Applications for a Communications Manager

This full-time position will plan and execute CCHF’s communications, marketing, outreach strategy and activities. Writing and editing skills are essential, with a minimum of three years of communications or policy writing preferred. This position will work closely with the organization’s President and the State Legislative and Policy Manager to maximize the publicity and earned media of each project and initiative. Qualified candidates must have a passionate commitment to free-market principles and have the skills and experience required to generate maximum media coverage for CCHF and its projects, as well as the ability to take talking points and formulate a concise and marketable press release. The Communications Manager will also be expected to spearhead CCHF’s marketing-centered campaigns.

Part-Time Job Opportunity with CCHF!

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom is seeking a part-time Office Administrative Assistant! Would you or someone you know be a good fit for our free-market, privacy-protecting health care policy team?   Click the link for the job description.  To apply, send a resume and brief cover letter to: 

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

CCHF Letter to FDA Seven Reasons NOT to Give Full Approval to Covid-19 Vaccines

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In the past few weeks, Moderna and Pfizer have asked the Food and Drug Administration to give full approval to their investigational mRNA vaccines for COVID-19.

A rush to approval would be dangerous to Americans, wrote the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) in a letter to Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the FDA, dated June 2, 2021.

“Our organization is writing to express our deep concern regarding the recent approval requests from Moderna and Pfizer. Both have asked the FDA to give full approval to their Covid-19 vaccines, which to date only have Emergency Use Authority (EUA),” wrote Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president and co-founder of CCHF. She shared seven reasons the requests should be “promptly and fully denied”:

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. 

Health Freedom Watch

Working for Freedom on Three Levels!


Volume 25: Issue 1: 1st Quarter 2022

Knowledge is Power


Volume 24: Issue 4: 4th Quarter 2021 

Standing Up for Informed Consent


Volume 24: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2021 

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


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.


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


Model Legislation

Right of Hospitalized Patients to Receive Treatment from Their Own Doctors

A bill to protect a patient's right to be treated by their regular physician when admitted to a hospital. Establishing protection for physicians to treat their patients even if a patient has been admitted to a hospital where that physician is not employed.

Right to Prescribe and Dispense Drugs for Off-Label Purposes without Retribution

A bill for an act relating to health; establishing protections for practitioners and pharmacists when prescribing or dispensing a prescription drug for an off-label use; proposing coding for new law in your state.

Ivermectin Available Over-the-Counter

A bill that would make Ivermection available to all patients, providing easy access to life-saving medication when practice protocols or biased decision-making prevent physicians from prescribing ivermection (safe and effective for over 40 years) and prohibiting pharmacists from refusing to dispense a lawfully-written prescription.

National Reports

NewCCHF Sends Letter to Appropriations Committee

CCHF has asked Congress to request The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) publicize their report on creating a Unique Patient Identifier. ONC recently submitted to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee a report on their recommendation regarding funding a Unique Patient Identifier. However, they have not made this report public. CCHF has written to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Labor-HHS subcommittee, and the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, requesting that the report be made public. 

NewCCHF Letter to US Senate Opposing National Patient ID

CCHF, along with 25 other individuals and organizations representing American citizens nationwide, sent a letter to Congressional leadership and Members of the Appropriations Committee February 10, 2022, to express strong opposition to ending the longstanding prohibition on funding and development for the controversial, and very troubling, federal Unique Patient Identifier (UPI). See the letter here.

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. 



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


** 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

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.


25 HIPAA Harms

The year 2021 is the 25th anniversary of HIPAA, the law that eliminated patient privacy rights. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed on August 21, 1996. The so-called “HIPAA privacy rule” went into effect on April 14, 2003. To show how little privacy you have, here are 25 ways HIPAA harms you.

2019 Newborn Retention by State

2019 Newborn Retention

"" 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!

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...


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.


CCHF Testifies Against National Medical Database

CCHF Legislative and Policy Manager Ashley Smothers testified on February 18 against a bill before the Minnesota legislature that sought to advance a national database and expand patient data sharing. Her testimony starts around 14:00 into the video.

CCHF Testimony Opposing Proposed Mask Mandate Legislation in Minnesota

CCHF Testimony Opposing Proposed Mask Mandate Legislation in Minnesota Twila Brase - February 9, 2021 - MN House Health Finance & Policy Committee


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 



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

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