The HHS Office for Civil Rights has sent to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed rule to lift legal barriers related to the HIPAA privacy rule that may prevent states from reporting mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check.

OMB review is one of the final steps before publication of a rule in the Federal Register. Removing such barriers to instant background checks of gun purchasers is one of the provisions of President Obama’s gun control plan issued in January 2013 following the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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