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"Critical details on coverage & access to (#mentalhealth & #addiction) treatment often missing from plan docs. Challenging-if not impossible-for avg consumer to know if a plan violates #Parity Act"[email protected]_news' Director/President quoted in @FortuneMagazine https://t.co/qogyMaDYnm

"Even for those who have #healthinsurance, #behavioralhealth is care often inaccessible or prohibitively expensive." Op-ed in @BostonGlobe by @ewarren @RepJoeKennedy on the #BehavioralHealthCoverageTransparencyAct to strengthen #parity enforcement: https://t.co/JTJ8yAzwrs

We have judges in this country demanding that people stop their #addictiontreatment or face losing custody of their children or going to jail. We need to make a change. LAC's @TracieMGardner speaks to this in a recent conversation on the #overdosecrisis hosted by @VitalStrat

"Without a college degree, steady employment & support services, #formerlyincarcerated people struggle to rebuild their life." This is exactly why LAC works to break down the barriers that keep so many from accessing the opportunities they need to thrive. https://t.co/rwvbkRmpm2

"Black patients were 77% less like to receive #buprenorphine prescriptions than white people." If we are to truly confront the escalating #overdosecrisis, we must address the #systemicracism at play in our #healthcare system. https://t.co/QXfUIZxTI2 #addiction

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News and Highlights

LANDMARK LEGAL VICTORIES ON BOTH COASTS EXPANDS ACCESS TO ADDICTION MEDICINE IN JAILS

The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds both the recent proposed settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit in which Whatcom County Jail in WA agreed to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder to all individuals incarcerated there with medical need, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the District Court of Maine’s preliminary injunction requiring a jail to provide a woman with MAT while incarcerated.

“No Health = No Justice” Convening Held at Columbia

On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers,  and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City.

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO LAC

The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $4,820 to the Legal Action Center in support of our New York Sealing and Voting Project. LAC thanks TYNBF for its ongoing support of this crucial work, which will surely have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the State.

LAC COMMENDS GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ON PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly on passage of a State budget last weekend that includes important advances in restorative justice and health equity that we – along with many in the criminal justice and substance use disorder advocacy communities – have sought for many years.

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