Medical Privacy
AAPS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby
AAPS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby
On January 28, 2013 AAPS along with Citizens' Council for Health Freedom and individual physicians filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against mandates in the Affordable Care Act. The brief reads in part: The founders of the United States of America (the “Founders”) understood that if the government had the power to carve out even a modest exception to particular freedoms, including religious freedom, then everyone’s freedoms would be at risk. Fearing encroachment upon their newly won freedoms, the Founders drafted and ratified a Constitution that dispersed and... read more
HHS’ Own Security Concerns about HealthCare.gov
HHS’ Own Security Concerns about HealthCare.gov
Hearing Description: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee met to question security experts from Health and Human Services about the integrity of the website, Healthcare.gov. There have been no successful malicious attacks and only a handful of instances where personal information was accidentally disclosed. Hearing Date: January 16, 2014 Hearing Summary: Prepared for AAPS by the Market Institute The Oversight and Government Reform committee recently met to question representatives from Health and Human Services’ security team to ascertain how secure citizens’ private data is. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in his opening statement it was the committee and Congress’ responsibility... read more
Affordable Care Act Destroys Privacy, explains Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Twila Brase
Affordable Care Act Destroys Privacy, explains Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Patient privacy is under assault from a series of federal laws, culminating in the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”), writes patient advocate Twila Brase, R.N., in the winter 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Brase is president and cofounder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. Brase emphasizes that “he who holds the data makes the rules.” The push toward electronic medical records is designed to funnel vast amounts of patients’ formerly confidential information into a huge network of private and governmental entities. Under the “Privacy Rule” of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act... read more
Online Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: Enrollment Challenges and the Path Forward
Online Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: Enrollment Challenges and the Path Forward
Hearing Description: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee questioned CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on the status of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act. She relayed to the committee members the around the clock work being put into the website to get it stabilized. There is a media roll-out that will follow to encourage young people to sign up for health coverage. Hearing Date: November 5, 2013 Hearing Summary: Prepared for AAPS by the Market Institute The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) recently met to question Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner about... read more
How Obamacare Threatens Privacy in America
How Obamacare Threatens Privacy in America
Heritage Foundation Issue Brief summary provided by The Market Institute. The Heritage Foundation issued a brief (Issue Brief #4032) about privacy concerns as it relates to the Affordable Care Act. The brief cites a report issued by the Health and Human Services Inspector General in August that outlines many missed deadlines in regards to security measures for the Federal Data Hub. Important aspects of the security measures were delayed for a full 2 months and a final security assessment was not scheduled until September 30, one day before the exchanges were set to open. Michael Astrue, a former general counsel... read more
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