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How Will the Federal Medical Privacy Rule Affect Patients'
Control Over Personal Health Information?

March 27, 2002

(Washington, D.C.) -- The Bush Administration is proposing to change the federal medical privacy rule that will soon directly affect citizens' ability to control the privacy of their personal health information.

All told, the forthcoming revised rule is going to set the federal standards for who can legally access each and every American's personal health information-including genetic information-with or without individuals' informed consent. Citizens will have only until April 26, 2002 to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding proposed changes to the privacy rule.

Join us for a panel discussion to find out how the proposed changes will impact patient, government, and industry control over medical information.

When: Tuesday, April 2, 2002
2:00 pm
Where: National Press Club
Lisagor Room
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Panelists: Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom
Lisa Dean, Free Congress Foundation
Tom Miller, Cato Institute
Jim Pyles, American Psychoanalytic Association
Kent Snyder, The Liberty Committee

The panel discussion event is free and open to the public. Because of limited seating, please RSVP by 5:00 pm Monday, April 1. For more information, contact Debbie Grady of the Institute for Health Freedom at (202) 429-6610 or e-mail