The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

How to Create and Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies & Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018

This webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community-based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F.

Overcoming Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018

This webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose. A combination of factors, including laws, stigma, and fear of liability, make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records to find employment.

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Imposing #MedicaidWorkRequirements will impair access to vital #healthcare, make it even more difficult for #formerlyincarcerated people to successfully reenter the community and increase costs to the corrections system and rates of #recidivism. https://t.co/uMyfNNPXoq

In honor of #blackhistorymonth we recognize those who are #makinghistory right now in the fight against racism. Thank you @terrellPNNY of @NYHarmReduction for educating the public about the #opioidcrisis & being an advocate for recovery & #harmreduction! https://t.co/l6dsWQSpxf

With countless barriers to employment for individuals with #criminalrecords, #MedicaidWorkRequirements will make it even more difficult for these Americans (more than 70 million) to get the health care services critical to their successful #reentry. https://t.co/uMyfNNymwS

Unfortunate reality for large majority of #Medicaid enrollees who are already working or face serious barriers to employment, #Medicaidworkrequirements only add red tape and bureaucratic hurdles that will cause them to lose coverage. https://t.co/vJe0HKD0Cc via @CenterOnBudget

#Medicaid covers 3 of every 10 individuals w/ #opioid use disorder, providing lifesaving treatment. New #MedicaidWorkRequirements allowing states to make treatment access even more difficult will likely increase devastating impact of #opioidepidemic. https://t.co/uMyfNNPXoq

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News and Highlights

Department of Justice Opioid Initiative Addresses Discriminatory Barriers to MAT

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division has launched an Opioid Initiative to remove discriminatory barriers to treatment in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, zoning, and elsewhere. The initiative could be a game changer in reversing the widespread discrimination that blocks access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

LAC Provides Testimony at NYS Legislature’s Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection

LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.

Aetna Agrees To Pay Over $17 Million To Settle HIV Privacy Breach Class Action

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2018) — A $17 million settlement was announced today in a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurance company in the United States, after a faulty mailing breached the HIV privacy of thousands of Aetna’s customers.

Legal Action Center Statement on Imposing Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued new guidance authorizing states to impose work requirements on people enrolled in Medicaid for their health care.

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