House Mental Health Reform Talks Spur HIPAA Criticism

Law360, New York (March 5, 2013, 2:20 PM EST) -- Mental health experts and families excluded from decisions about therapy for mentally ill loved ones pressured House lawmakers Tuesday to scrutinize the reach of federal privacy law as they weigh reforms in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.

The pleas were relayed during an unusual “listen and learn session” at the oversight panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where parents repeatedly expressed frustration that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has left them uninformed about and unable to intervene on behalf of children...
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