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News Release
For immediate release: May 25, 1999

Institute for Health Freedom To Host Panel Discussion on Medical Privacy Issues

Find Out Why Congress Must Act or Be Acted Upon

Who: Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom
Twila Brase, Citizens' Council on Health Care
Drew Clark, National Journal
Barbara Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center

What: Update and panel discussion on medical privacy issues, with special focus on seniors and children."

Where: National Press Club - Lisagor Room
14th & F Streete, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When: Tuesday, June 8, 1999
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Why: This summer, the U.S. Congress must act upon the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and decide whether patients' medical records will be kept private, or be made readily available to a plethora of health care professionals and government organizations. If Congress doesn't act by August 21, 1999 (the deadline established by HIPAA), then the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will establish regulations governing your medical records within six months of the deadline.

Find out what Congress is likely to do, and what HHS will do if Congress does not act!

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The deadline is approaching. If Congress does not pass a medical privacy law by August 21, 1999, then the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to establish regulations governing your medical privacy.