For Immediate Release: February 11, 2000
Stop Big Brother
Prying Into Your Medical Records
Group Creates User-Friendly Web Site for Submitting Comments to HHS
(Washington, D.C.) -- Good news! The Liberty Study Committee -- a
grassroots organization of some 30,000 activists -- has
made it easy for Americans to share their opinions regarding
proposed federal medical privacy regulations.
Over the past few months, many individuals have attempted
to submit comments at the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services' (HHS) Web site but found the process
to be burdensome. To fix this problem, the Liberty Study
Committee has developed a Web site where individuals
can easily share their comments with HHS, without having
to jump through bureaucratic hoops. The new Web site
"This is one of the most user-friendly Web sites available
to help Americans share their opinions on medical privacy,"
said Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health
Freedom. "It provides a valuable, time-saving service
to busy American families." Blevins notes that there
are only six days remaining until the comment period
closes on February 17, 2000.
What Can Americans Do?
Visit the Web site
www.stopbigbrother.org and tell the federal government
how you feel about protecting the privacy of your personal
health care information. Here are some points to consider:
Let big brother know how you feel about the proposed federal
medical privacy regulations. The public comment period
closes in less than one week (February 17).
- Who should decide whether or not anyone has access
to your medical records--you or the federal government?
- Should consent be required before your medical information
is shared for any reason whatsoever?
- Should law enforcement officials have access to
your medical records without a warrant?
- Should researchers have access to your genetic information
without your consent?