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IHF Is Planning to Dissolve and Transfer Its Programs to Citizens' Council on Health Care

August 23, 2010

Dear Supporter:

I have some important news to share with you regarding upcoming changes with our newsletter, Health Freedom Watch, and the Institute for Health Freedom (IHF). 

After 14 years of running the Institute for Health Freedom (which I founded in 1996), I have come to the conclusion—with much deep thought and consideration—that it is time for me to move forward.  All is well, but it’s time to attend to other/personal pursuits that have been put on hold over the years. 

To that end, IHF’s board and a team of advisors have worked hard to identify the most effective way to continue publishing IHF’s newsletter.  After considering options (such as training an inexperienced health-policy analyst or hiring an experienced one to run IHF and edit its newsletter), we concluded what’s most important is that IHF’s work be carried on by an experienced health-policy expert who is keenly aware of current and historical aspects of health-freedom and health-privacy issues.

When looking at the pool of health-policy experts who focus strongly on patients’ health freedom and health privacy, it’s clear that Twila Brase, R.N., president of Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the closest and best fit.  Ms. Brase is well-experienced in educating Congress and is one of the nation’s top health-policy experts regarding key issues that IHF covers, including: 

  • confidentiality of the doctor-patient (and other provider) relationship,
  • electronic health records (EHRs),
  • forthcoming National Health Information Network,
  • genetic ownership and privacy rights,
  • HIPAA privacy rule,
  • freedom to contract/pay privately for health care (even if covered by insurance), and
  • freedom from mandatory/government-dictated health insurance.    

Given the enormous overlap of issues between IHF and CCHC, IHF is proposing to fold its major programs (Health Freedom Watch and Capitol Hill briefings) into CCHC. We are currently in formal discussions with CCHC and look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months.  Our plans should be confirmed by mid October.  

What this means is that legally IHF will dissolve as an entity, but practically Health Freedom Watch and IHF’s major research programs would be carried on by CCHC. 

We’ll let you know once we’ve confirmed the passing of the torch. In the meantime, please know how much all of us at IHF (our small band of freedom advocates!) have appreciated your support in promoting, defending and restoring health-freedom and health-privacy rights.  We look forward to handing over the torch to an experienced health-policy expert who is dedicated to health-freedom and health-privacy rights.    

With gratitude for your support, 

Sue Blevins, President
Institute for Health Freedom