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News Release
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2003


How Much Medical Privacy Will Americans Have When the Federal Medical Privacy Rule Takes Effect on April 14, 2003?

(Washington, D.C.)—The Federal Medical Privacy Rule, which takes effect on April 14, 2003, is going to drastically change citizens' ability to control the flow of their personal health information. All citizens should become fully informed about the forthcoming rule and its effects on their medical—including genetic—privacy.

The Institute for Health Freedom is sponsoring a panel discussion at the National Press Club to inform the media, policymakers and public at large about the forthcoming Federal Medical Privacy Rule. Panelists will discuss the following:

  • Who has the final say regarding whether individuals' personal health information can be disclosed without individuals' consent?
  • Will citizens be given a full accounting of when their personal health information is disclosed without their consent?
  • How will efforts to detect bioterrorism affect citizens' medical privacy?
  • What questions should patients ask regarding medical privacy when seeking medical care?
  • What steps can citizens take to ensure true medical privacy?

Below are details on the upcoming panel discussion about the Federal Medical Privacy Rule.
When:Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
Where:National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 529 14th Street, NW, 14th Floor Washington, D.C.
Panelists:Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom
Kent Snyder, The Liberty Committee
Barbara Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center
Robin Kaigh, Esquire

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Because of limited seating, please RSVP by March 5 by e-mail at:; by phone at (202) 429-6610; or by fax at (202) 861-1973. For information about the Institute for Health Freedom, visit