MENTAL HEALTH: Wife Of Slain Coach To Testify

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An Iowa widow will testify at a congressional hearing about how gun violence and mental health changed her life forever.

Jan Thomas, the wife of the late Aplington-Parkersbrug football coach, Ed Thomas will appear before a U.S. house committee on Friday.

The hearing will consider whether HIPAA’s privacy rules help or hinder patient care and public safety.

Ed Thomas was fatally shot by former football player Mark Becker in June of 2009. Becker received treatment for mental illness and was released from a Waterloo hospital less than 24-hours before the shooting.

Thomas will testify on a panel comprised of families impacted by HIPAA.

Congressman Bruce Braley  said, “I think we owe it to Ed Thomas and his family to seriously and comprehensively look at needed mental health reforms and criminal background checks. Both of those checks may have saved coach Thomas’ life.”

Jan’s testimony will take place around 9 a.m. Friday morning.