POSITIONS: As president of the independent non-profit free-market, national health care policy organization, Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC), Twila Brase also represents patients and citizens as a board member of the Patient Safety Institute. She is also an advisor to LifeSharers, an innovative organ donation initiative based in Missouri. In 2000, the Minnesota Physician magazine selected her as one of “Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders.”
Ms. Brase’s recent activities include an op-ed published in The Washington Post, a press conference to support the “Parents’ Right to Say No Act” (opt-in consent for newborn genetic testing), authoring a extensively-documented report challenging “evidence-based medicine” (How Technocrats are Taking Over the Practice of Medicine: A Wake-up Call to the American People, January 2005), planning and moderating health care policy forums, most recently a forum on Evidence-Based Medicine, and being quoted by The Washington Times and The Washington Post.
Ms. Brase provides testimony before the Minnesota legislature, and has been invited to present in and outside of Minnesota, for groups as diverse as the Association of American Clinical Endocrinologists (Chicago, IL), the Washington Policy Center’s annual health care event (Seattle, WA), the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual meeting (Dallas, TX), Minnesota Biosciences Council, the State Policy Network (Boston and Austin, TX) Solucient (New Orleans); the North Dakota Attorney General’s summit on Privacy and Cypercrime (Fargo); the Texas Medical Association (San Antonio), the Institute for Health Freedom (Washington, D.C.) and the South Carolina Medical Society (Charleston, SC). Ms. Brase also served as an invited panelist for the National Committee on Vital Statistics’s only public hearing on the National Unique Patient Identifier, Chicago.
She has been interviewed by news organizations including CNN, KARE-TV, KSTP-TV, Minnesota Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, NPR and WCCO-TV. Her comments have been seen in Associated Press, Forbes, MSNBC, Managed Care Interface Magazine, Medical Economics, Rochester Post-Bulletin, Star Tribune, Time, United Press International, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Her article “Blame Congress for HMOs” was placed into the Congressional Record on February 27, 2001. And she elicited the public’s concerns about health care during a weekly “Patient’s Perspective” program on WCCO Radio. Ms. Brase holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College, and is a certified public health nurse. Besides her position at CCHC, her career has included pediatric emergency room nursing at St. Paul Children’s Hospital and school nursing in the St. Paul and Robbinsdale school districts of Minnesota. She resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.