This website provides readers an historical perspective on the evolution of various healthcare laws and regulations affecting healthcare freedom and privacy.
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What's New: 2002

December 3, 2002
Citizens are Concerned about Electronic Transmission of Medical Data: "Seventy-seven percent of consumers surveyed say they are concerned with their doctors' sending medical information to an insurance company over the Internet." Even so, soon doctors will be legally required to submit most Medicare claims electronically.

November 14, 2002
How Congress Can Help Defend the Homeland and Secure Our Civil Liberties: What can the Senate and President Bush do to ensure our federal and state governments have the tools necessary to defend our homeland and protect us against bioterrorism, without stripping citizens of their civil liberties—specifically their health freedoms?

November 1, 2002
Will Unique Health Identifiers Become a Reality in the United States? That depends on whether or not Congress continues its moratorium on federal funding for unique health identifiers.

October 31, 2002
The Peril to Our Privacy: How did the federal medical privacy rule come about? Who was behind it? What can Americans do to protect their medical privacy?

October 21, 2002
Newly Modified, Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule Eliminates Citizens' Control over Their Personal Health Information: A press release covering the October 21 conference at the National Press Club.

The Truth about the Modified, Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: An updated analysis of the rule.

October 16, 2002
How Does the Federal Medical Privacy Rule That Went into Effect October 15, 2002 Affect Citizens' Health Privacy?  Join us for a panel discussion to hear several experts discuss this issue.

October 15, 2002
Legal Challenge to the Federal Medical Privacy Rule - A law firm representing the American Psychoanalytic Association is considering filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Medical Privacy Rule, which takes effect October 15, 2002.

September 30, 2002
State Plans to Collect Personal Medical Data - Link to Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune article.

September 30, 2002
Oregon Single-Payer Health Insurance Plan Could Be Model for Nation - Link to article.

September 6, 2002
The Institute for Health Freedom unveils our new and improved Web site! Our upgraded Web site is organized to help you find things faster. All of the articles, reports, and press releases that were previously accessed from our "Publications" page can now be reached via the "Main Topics" links on the blue navigation bar at left. Everything else is available from the gold navigation bar above. The "Health Freedom Index" and links to state home pages are now reached via "Links" on the gold navigation. We hope this is a more user-friendly Web site and we welcome your feedback at:

August 26, 2002
Your Past, Present and Future Private Medical Records Will Become Open to the Federal Government (HHS), Data-Processing Companies, Insurers, Hospitals, Doctors and Others—Without Your Consent.

August 10, 2002
(For release August 12, 2002)
Individuals Lose But Government and Corporations Gain Control over Personal Health & Genetic Information - Bush administration grants data-processing companies and other health care industries new federal regulatory authority to collect and share individuals' personal health information—including genetic information—without individuals' consent.

August 5, 2002
Saving Freedom is Worthwhile Cause

July 1, 2002
How Seniors and Taxpayer Got Enron-ed - A book review by John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation.

June 20, 2002
The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act: An Assault on Civil Liberties in the Name of Homeland Security - Link to Heritage Foundation Lecture. "You can't defend freedom by eliminating it."

June 8, 2002
When it Comes to Medical Privacy, Notification is Not Equal to Consent - The consent policy gives parents full control over their children's health care, while, in contrast, a notification policy denies such control.

June 8, 2002
IHF Press Conference on Federal Medical Privacy Rule

May 20, 2002
Medicare Faces Midlife Crisis - "If you think the Enron tale makes interesting reading, try reading Medicare's Midlife Crisis..." Link to Heartland Institute book review.

April 15, 2002
Medical privacy under assault: Bush administration ignoring pleas to tighten confidentiality - HHS is clearly siding with [health care industry] special interests. Link to article.

April 2, 2002
Update on the Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Questions and Answers - How will proposed changes to the federal medical privacy rule affect your ability to control the flow of your personal health information?

April 2, 2002
Bush Administration Calls for Public Input on Final Medical Privacy Rule - Citizens have until April 26, 2002 to submit their comments on proposed changes to the federal medical privacy rule.

March 27, 2002
How Will the Federal Medical Privacy Rule Affect Patients' Control Over Personal Health Information? - A panel discussion to find out how the proposed changes will impact patient, government, and industry control over medical information.

March 1, 2002
Revised Model State Emergency Health Powers Act - Individuals who refuse medical treatment (including vaccination) could be quarantined or isolated.

March 1, 2002
State Legislators' Council Holds Forum on Model State Emergency Health Powers Act - Jonathan Turley ... warned ... that at perilous times government can do things that are harmful.

February 13, 2002
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act being proposed in many states - Link to ALEC Web site which tracks states that have introduced/are considering the proposed "Model State Emergency Health Powers Act" (MSEHPA).

January 8, 2002
HHS Proposes New "Centralized" Medicare Database - Public has until January 15, 2002 to comment.