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News Release
For Immediate Release: October 16, 2002

How Does the Federal Medical Privacy Rule That Went into Effect October 15, 2002 Affect Citizens' Health Privacy?

(Washington, D.C.)—The medical privacy rule that went into effect on October 15, 2002 establishes a new federal standard allowing the disclosure of patients' personal health information without patients' consent. The new rule will also apply to the forthcoming national identifiers that will be assigned for tracking citizens' electronic medical records and personal health information.

There is still much confusion about the federal medical privacy rule. The media and citizens across the country are asking:

  • When does the federal medical privacy rule become fully effective?
  • Can individuals' past medical records really be shared and compiled in databases without individuals' consent?
  • Have some organizations been misleading the public about the federal medical privacy rule?
  • What can citizens do to stop the disclosure of their personal health information without their consent?

Join us for a panel discussion to hear several experts discuss how the final federal medical privacy rule is going to affect individual, government, and industry control over personal health information—including genetic information.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2002
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: National Press Club Zenger, Room 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20045

Panelists include Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom, Twila Brase, Citizens' Council on Health Care, and Jim Pyles, American Psychoanalytic Association.

The panel discussion event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and/or for more information, contact Debbie Grady of the Institute for Health Freedom at (202) 429-6610 or e-mail