The Wall Street Journal (6/13, Palazzolo, Subscription Publication) reports that the Obama Administration’s proposal to accelerate the use of mental health records in the national gun background-check database has encountered resistance from medical groups and states. The plan, under which the Department of Health and Human Services would amend a Federal privacy rule, has been opposed by medical groups who contend the plan is unnecessary and could adversely affect doctor-patient relationships. Groups such as the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association have expressed concerns. HHS spokeswoman Rachel Seeger indicated that the agency will consider the medical groups’ positions as it considers what to do next on the issue.
— “Medical Groups Push Back at Gun-Law Change, The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2013.