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HHS/OCR RIN: 0945-AA05 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) 
Abstract: This final rule modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals who are subject to a Federal "mental health prohibitor" that disqualifies them from possessing or receiving a firearm. 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 164   
Legal Authority: PL 104-191    President's Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  04/23/2013  78 FR 23872   
ANPRM Comment Period End  06/07/2013 
NPRM  01/07/2014  79 FR 784   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/10/2014 
Final Action  01/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andra Wicks
Health Information Privacy Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:800 368-1019
TDD Phone:800 537-7697