President Signs Executive Orders on Gun Control, Mental Health

Thu January 17, 2013

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, President Obama outlined his plan to reduce gun violence across the country. The President's plan included numerous actions that the APA has been advocating for over the last several years. The plan included four major legislative proposals and twenty-three executive orders, notably:


•       Reinstating the ban on military-style assault weapons
•       Restoring the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines
•       Requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales
•       Directing the CDC to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence
•       Clarifying that no federal law including the Affordable Care Act prevents physicians from talking to patients about gun safety
•       Finalizing mental health parity rules
•       Clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover
•       Finalizing regulations clarifying essential health benefits and mental health parity requirements within insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act

Please visit the Health Reform section of our Advocacy webpage to read additional information regarding the President’s actions issued by the White House yesterday. To read the response to President Obama’s plan from APA’s President Dilip Jeste, M.D., please click here

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