Bazelon Alert: Tell HHS to Not Weaken Our HIPAA Privacy Rights!

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HHS Proposal Would Diminish Privacy Protections 

June 4, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposes to change the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in a way that singles out the records of people with mental illnesses.  The changes would apply different rules to certain mental health records for the purpose of ensuring that more records are reported to the FBI's gun database.

We believe this is unnecessary, will not achieve the intended purpose of reducing gun violence, and will only further stigmatize people with mental illnesses and mental health treatment.


What You Can Do

·         Submit comments to HHS here on or before Friday, June 7.

·         You can use our comments as a template.


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