What's New: 1999
- December 15, 1999
Comment Period Extended for Medical Privacy Rule
- Americans Have Until February 17, 2000 to Comment
on Proposed Medical Privacy Regulations. "Individuals
-- not the federal government -- should decide when,
where, how and to whom their medical information is
- December 8, 1999
- Cato Institute Sponsors a Forum on Medical Privacy:
Speakers include Gary Claxton, Department of Health
and Human Services; Ron Weich, Zuckerman & Spaeder;
Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom; and Solveig
Singleton, Cato Institute.
Click here to view the event covered by C-Span (1
hour, 30 minutes).
- December 1, 1999
Threatens Medical Privacy? Critics charge new health
regulations will consolidate government power
- Is the U.S. government moving closer to digitally
warehousing medical information on all Americans?
(Link to WorldNetDaily article).
- November 29, 1999
Coming Soon. . . Every American Will Be Assigned a
"Unique Health Identifier" - Every American will
soon be assigned a "unique health identifier" (a patient
ID number). How did this all come about? What can
be done to stop it?
- November 15, 1999
What Americans Need To Know About Medical Privacy
Regulations - Did you know that under the proposed
privacy regulations, individuals will not be able
to sue if their medical privacy is invaded?
- November 4, 1999
Act Now To Protect Your Medical Privacy: Americans
Have 60 Days to Comment on Proposed Medical Privacy
Rule - The public is being told they have a new
right to medical privacy when, in fact, they can't
sue or bring a private course of action for damages
caused by a breach of confidentiality, under the rule.
- October 18, 1999
Government Begins Collecting Data on Homebound Seniors
& Disabled - What's most astonishing about Medicare's
OASIS program is that that the government is not only
collecting data on homebound patients, but on their
caregivers too! That includes husbands, wives, children,
or whoever else assists seniors and the disabled in
- October 5, 1999
Court Rules in United Seniors Association v. Shalala
- Are seniors allowed to pay privately for the health
care of their choice?
- September 14, 1999
Dr. Gore Will See You Now - Link to a Cato Institute
- September 1, 1999
"Unionversal" Health Care For All? - In the coming
months, watch out for the buzzwords "universal" and
"right to health care." This rhetoric might sound
good. But mandatory universal coverage could strip
Americans of their freedom to buy the health services
- August 11, 1999
Shots in the Dark: Who should decide which vaccinations
children receive? - Today, U.S. vaccine policy
is set by a 12-member Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices (ACIP) appointed by the federal government's
Secretary of Health and Human Services. . . In effect,
12 people have the power to determine which vaccines
will be mandatory for millions of American children.
- August 4, 1999
Privacy Information Center: Medical Record Privacy
- Information from your medical records may influence
your credit, admission to educational institutions,
and employment. It may also affect your ability to
get health insurance, or the rates you pay for coverage.
- July 22, 1999
Attention Medical Privacy Advocates: Congress Needs
Your Input by August 3! - The debate over medical
confidentiality is heating up on Capitol Hill. If
you're concerned about your medical privacy, then
you need to voice your personal opinion soon!
- July 15, 1999
Medical Privacy Alert: Just Three Weeks to Act!
- Can such vague legislation really guarantee that
researchers won't be able to trace back patients'
personal information -- including genetic and cellular
- July 13, 1999
- Added Medicare News
and Health Care News
buttons to left margin of What's New page.
[Links are no longer active.]
- July 8, 1999
Medical Privacy Alert: Congress Faces August 21 Deadline
- "Individual medical records, including patients'
genetic information, could be disclosed by health
insurers to credit card companies and other financial
- July 1, 1999
Government Need to Know if Grandpa Curses? Heritage
and ACLU say NO! - HCFA has yet to explain how
any of its objectives can justify overriding the Fourth
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the requirements
of medical ethics, and the federal regulations on
research involving human subjects.
- June 21, 1999
What's Congress Doing About Medical Privacy?
- Will Congress pass a bill that truly gives consumers
the ability to maintain their medical privacy?
- June 14, 1999
Who Controls Your Medical Records? - Most states
have laws that guarantee patients the right to access
their own medical records, but H.R. 354 would preempt
these even though it exempts certain other state laws.
- June 9, 1999
Are We Headed For A Medical Privacy Invasion?
- "A growing number of Americans feel they are losing
control over their medical privacy. That loss is real,"
stated Blevins. Congress Faces August 21 Deadline;
Mark-Up Begins June 15.
- May 25, 1999
Institute for Health Freedom To Host Panel Discussion
on Medical Privacy Issues - 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.
- May 10, 1999
- Actress Jane
Seymour Testifies on Alternative Medicine - ...42%
of Americans used at least one in 16 [various] alternative
- April 12, 1999
Why Did U.S. FDA Approve Sale of Prison Blood? . .
. And Why Did Canada Buy It? - Was the FDA negligent
for licensing the sale of high-risk prison blood to
Canada? That question will most likely be answered
by a forthcoming class-action lawsuit.
- March 29, 1999
Rise Driven by Government, Not Market - Unbeknownst
to most, Congress has essentially mandated managed
care for everyone.
- March 22, 1999
"Will A "Patients' Bill of Rights" and New Medicare
Reform Proposal Guarantee the Right to Contract?
- H.R. 958 would also force seniors to share their
medical claims' records with government bureaucrats.
- March 1, 1999
Haven't Government Officials Notified Individuals
Who Received Tainted Blood? - What do you think
the FDA would do if alternative providers or vitamin
manufacturers unknowingly sold a product that infected
hundreds of thousands of Americans with a deadly disease?
- February 12, 1999
Protecting Your Medical Privacy
- January 22, 1999
Children: Where Do We Draw the Line? - Why are
individuals worldwide challenging the Hepatitis B
- January 22, 1999
Do you think all vaccines recommended by federal health
officials should be mandatory? - Here are some
links to web sites that provide you with information
from both sides of the debate.
- January 5, 1999
Reading Your Medical Records? - Did you know that
your health history can be investigated by insurance
companies, government agencies, and health care personnel?
Find out how you can investigate the investigators.