Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. First Amendment

12/28/2000

Comment: Some comments suggested that the rules violated the First Amendment. They asserted that if the rule included Christian Science practitioners as covered entities it would violate the separation of church and state doctrine.

Response: We disagree. The First Amendment does not always prohibit the federal government from regulating secular activities of religious organizations. However, we address concerns relating to Christian Science practitioners more fully in the response to comments discussion of the definition of "covered entity" in § 160.103.