Congressional Briefing on Medical Privacy
May 21, 2001
On Wednesday, May 16, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
sponsored a congressional briefing titled "Myths and Facts
About Medical Privacy." Sue Blevins, president of the Institute
for Health Freedom, was invited to educate congressional staff
about the federal medical privacy rule that went into effect
on April 14, 2001. The following briefing materials were presented
to each of the 51 congressional staff persons who attended
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- "The Final Federal
Medical Privacy Rule: Myths and Facts," (a paper by
Sue A. Blevins and Robin Kaigh, Esq.).
- Citations to the facts presented in
"The Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Myths
and Facts," accompanied by pages from the Federal
- Outline of the Rule to assist in
reading the rule and a copy of the actual regulatory
text section (32 pages) published in the Federal
Register on December 28, 2000 (divided into 3 parts
to ease downloading).
Actual regulatory text:
- Breaches of medical privacy as cited
by HHS in the federal medical privacy rule.
- National Gallup survey on medical
- Statutory background for the federal medical privacy
rule, "Administrative Simplification"
section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191.
- Article and public comment regarding "Congress
Impermissibly Delegated Law-Writing Power to Executive
Branch in Privacy Rule."
- "Bush is Urged to Ease Health Care Rules," New York
Times, May 11, 2001. (Link unavailable)