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Congressional Briefing on Medical Privacy

May 21, 2001

On Wednesday, May 16, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) sponsored a congressional briefing titled "Myths and Facts About Medical Privacy." Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, was invited to educate congressional staff about the federal medical privacy rule that went into effect on April 14, 2001. The following briefing materials were presented to each of the 51 congressional staff persons who attended the briefing.

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  1. "The Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Myths and Facts," (a paper by Sue A. Blevins and Robin Kaigh, Esq.).
  2. Citations to the facts presented in "The Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Myths and Facts," accompanied by pages from the Federal Register.
  3. Outline of the Rule to assist in reading the rule and a copy of the actual regulatory text section (32 pages) published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2000 (divided into 3 parts to ease downloading).
    Actual regulatory text:
  4. Breaches of medical privacy as cited by HHS in the federal medical privacy rule.
  5. National Gallup survey on medical privacy.
  6. Statutory background for the federal medical privacy rule, "Administrative Simplification" section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191.
  7. Article and public comment regarding "Congress Impermissibly Delegated Law-Writing Power to Executive Branch in Privacy Rule."
  8. "Bush is Urged to Ease Health Care Rules," New York Times, May 11, 2001. (Link unavailable)
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