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What's New: 2001

December 3, 2001
CDC and Public Health Academicians Propose Mandatory Vaccination and Treatment for "Infectious Diseases" - "The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act" would grant governors and public-health authorities new, broad police powers.

November 16, 2001
Proposed Medicare 'Reforms' Will Hurt Seniors, Consumers; New Cato Book Examines How To Restructure The $221-Billion Program

November 15, 2001
New book released: Medicare's Midlife Crisis

November 4, 2001
Book Forum to Release "Medicare's Midlife Crisis"

October 19, 2001
Health Expenditures Consume Ever-Growing Share of Federal Budget - Continued growth in federal spending on health care will most definitely crowd out funding for defense and national security priorities.

September 8, 2001
Federal Research "Protections" Committee Recommends Waiving Parental Consent Before Enrolling Teenagers in Drug Trials - What happens when a child is harmed in an experimental drug study and the parents were never informed of their child's participation?

August 28, 2001
Public Hearing on Consent - How does the federal medical privacy rule affect health care ethics in the United States? Testimony before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality

August 21, 2001
Public Hearing on Federal Medical Privacy Rule and Patient Consent - The federal medical privacy rule went into effect on April 14, 2001 and covers nearly every citizen--whether health care is paid for privately or federally funded.

August 17, 2001
Clinton Health Identifying Number Still Fought Over In Congress - Individuals should decide whether they want to be part of a national health tracking database. (Link to article.)

August 10, 2001
"Futile Care" and Its Friends: Hospitals and Legislators Want to Decide When Your Life is No Longer Worth Living - (Link to Weekly Standard article.)

July 11, 2001
Do Americans Still Value Freedom? - Polls suggest that Americans still love liberty but with curious contradictions.

June 23, 2001
Ted Kennedy on HMOs: Then and Now - Policymakers should consider how their past health-care proposals have affected today's patients.

June 11, 2001
Testimony Before the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and High Technology Committee - On June 4, 2001, IHF's Sue Blevins testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and High Technology Committee on a hearing to discuss privacy and security in the information and technology age.

June 4, 2001
Medicare Private Contracts: What Happens if Medicare Pays for Rx Drugs? - American seniors have the right to know how a new Medicare program will affect their freedom to choose and pay privately for medicines.

May 21, 2001
Congressional Briefing on Medical Privacy - On Wednesday, May 16, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) sponsored a congressional briefing titled "Myths and Facts About Medical Privacy."... The following briefing materials were presented to each of the staff persons who attended the briefing.

May 10, 2001
Are Americans being adequately informed about experimental research risks? - Become thoroughly informed about possible research risks and conflicts of interest that may arise in medical studies.

May 1, 2001
Congressman Paul Introduces Legislation to Repeal Federal Medical Privacy Rule - Allowing government officials to access a private person's medical records without a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. . .

April 12, 2001
President Bush Orders Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule to Take Effect - The medical industry told HHS the federal medical privacy rule is too costly, while concerned citizens say the rule doesn't go far enough to protect patient privacy.

April 3, 2001
Who Owns Your Genetic Information? - Americans concerned about genetic privacy and ownership rights should carefully read consent forms when undergoing medical procedures and treatments.

March 1, 2001
HHS Calls for Public Comments on Final Medical Privacy Rule - Share your comments about the final federal medical privacy rule by March 30, 2001.

February 26, 2001
The new medical privacy regulations: Will they protect our most personal information? - Link to a Cato Policy Forum available via Real Video.

February 9, 2001
The Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Myths and Facts - How does the final federal medical privacy rule affect your privacy?

February 8, 2001
The New Medical Privacy Regulations: Will They Protect Our Most Personal Information? - Link to information and registration form for a Cato Policy Forum.

February 6, 2001
Senate to Hold "Public" Hearing on Final Medical Privacy Rule - Will True Privacy Advocates' Voices Be Heard?

February 3, 2001
Doctor's Orders: Parents Battle Medical Authorities for Control of Their Children - Link to Reason Magazine article.

January 22, 2001
Should Community Rights Override Individual Rights to Privacy? A Book Review - The principle that "the community" should balance individual rights and the common good is a euphemism for mob rule.

January 5, 2001
IHF Hosts Roundtable Discussion of Patients' Rights - The first principle of the Nuremberg Code is "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential."
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