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News Release
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2000

Stop Big Brother From 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 address is: www.stopbigbrother.org

"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:
  • 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?
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).

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