MENTAL HEALTH: Wife Of Slain Coach Testifies

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jan thomas testifiesThe wife of murdered Aplington-Parkersburg football coach, Ed Thomas, took to the congressional floor to push for mental health reform, Friday.

Jan Thomas joined Congressman Bruce Braley to testify before The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee.

The hearing on gun violence and mental health addressed possible changes and updates to the current HIPAA laws.

Thomas says different rules may have prevented Mark Becker from shooting and killing her husband.

“No one knew he had been released, but Mark`s privacy had been protected. During the investigation into the murder, it was revealed that Mark had feelings of animosity and resentment toward Ed,” said Jan Thomas. “We didn`t know this information. If Mark had come to my home and asked where Ed was that morning, I would have innocently sent Ed`s killer directly to him and Ed to his grave. What a horror to think I may have had to live with that.”

Thomas ended her speech by strongly urging congress to update patient privacy laws to prevent future tragedies.