This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.
Historically, it has often been very difficult for patients to get health insurance coverage for their mental health and/or addiction treatment – a problem that can have particularly harsh consequences for HIV-positive individuals. A 2008 federal law (the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act, also known as the federal parity law) required, for the first time, that health insurers that cover mental health and addiction benefits do so equally with other medical and surgical benefits. The federal parity law was expanded in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act, and subsequent regulations clarified many of the law’s requirements.
News and Highlights
Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.
The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.
LAC recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of the recently passed First Step Act. While this legislation represents crucial bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and includes some important sentencing and prison reforms, there is still much work to be done.