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REAL Act would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students in prison

LAC is pleased to report that last week, Rep. Donna Edwards, along with Reps. Danny K. Davis, Barbara Lee , Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Rosa L. DeLauro, and Cedric L. Richmond, introduced the Restoring Education and Learning Act (REAL Act), legislation that would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students learning in prison.

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LAC Writes about Myths and Facts Surrounding Medication Assisted Treatment in Addiction Blog

In the Addiction Blog post Myths versus Facts: The Truth about Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction, Legal Action Center’s Senior Policy Associate Mark O’Brien writes about the myths that persist around medication-assisted treatment and the facts that can give people a better understanding of these powerful treatments and how they are administered.

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LAC President Quoted in USA Today, Calls for Better Access to Addiction Treatment

In the May 24 article Addiction treatment hard to find, even as overdose deaths soar by Liz Szabo of USA Today, Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels declares that the question of whether addiction treatment works is settled. According to Samuels, “The data is there, the evidence is in, but our public policy has not caught up with the science.”

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LAC to host Equal Justice Works fellow for opiate addiction project

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is excited to announce that we will be hosting an Equal Justice Works Fellow to launch a project that will expand access to opioid addiction treatment in the criminal justice system. The prospective fellow, Melissa Trent, is currently completing her third year at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her project will include legal services, education, and policy advocacy to increase the use of life-saving opioid addiction medication for people under criminal justice supervision.

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LAC President Quoted in USA Today, Calls for More Syringe Exchange, Prevention and Treatment

In the May 7 article Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse by Liz Szabo of USA Today, Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels is cited for his call to expand access to needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Samuels also calls for more substance use prevention and treatment, more medications to treat opioid addiction, and other harm reduction activities to combat the opioid epidemic and its consequences.

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Join Us for a National Call-In Day and Support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Join the National Call-In Day on Wednesday, April 29 by calling your Senators and Representative in Congress and asking them to co-sponsor and support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

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New Report: Improved Medication-Assisted Treatment Policy Could Combat Epidemic of 20 Million Americans with Untreated Addiction

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the reintroduction of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Legal Action Center (LAC) released a report urging policymakers to take steps to address the growing opioid and heroin epidemic through more effective use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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HHS proposes rule to implement parity in Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Alternative Benefit Plans

LAC welcomes the strong provisions of the proposed rule, including provisions that apply much of the final parity rule for commercial insurance to Medicaid, expressly extend parity protections to people enrolled in managed care plans that carve out coverage for addiction and mental health treatment, and authorize states to include funding in their state plans to come into compliance with parity that is not subject to state plan limits.

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Masood and Suydam Join Legal Action Center Board

The Legal Action Center has elected two new members to serve on its board of directors: Kamran Masood, a principal in the Forensic Practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, and John J. Suydam, Chief Legal Officer of Apollo Global Management, LLC.

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LAC President Paul Samuels Discusses Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Addiction Blog Interview

The interview followed the release of LAC’s new report, “Confronting an Epidemic: The Case for Eliminating Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Heroin and Opioid Addiction”. It includes a detailed discussion about the types of medications currently available for the treatment of opioid addiction, the barriers that exist that prevent people from receiving these life-saving treatments, and ways to expand access to MAT. It also reminds readers about the lives we can save by making these treatments more available.

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