Insuring Your Health: Medical Questions About Gun Ownership Come Under Scrutiny

In her latest Kaiser Health News consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: "Should doctors be able to ask patients or patients' parents whether they own a gun? What about health insurers, employers or health-care officials implementing the federal health law? Can they ask about gun ownership? The issue is playing out in Florida, where a federal judge in July issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of a law that would have prohibited doctors from asking patients about gun ownership in many instances, saying the prohibition impinged on doctors' First Amendment right to speak with their patients about gun safety" (Andrews, 11/26). Read the column.

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