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.

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Returning to Work with HIV: Effect on Government Benefit

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Many people with HIV would like to return to work or continue working but face a complex maze of questions about how this would impact their access to benefits and services. Maintaining health coverage and other benefits is critical to positive health outcomes and ensuring that people with HIV achieve viral suppression and remain virally suppressed.

Overcoming Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Tuesday, Dec 05, 2017

This 2-hour webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment and housing despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

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@ACLakeMD @tal7291 @SubstanceAbuseJ @coreysdavis @cmoraff @LeoBeletsky 42 CFR Part 2 only applies to programs putting themselves forward as being SUD tx providers. Does not apply to primary care etc unless you advertise yourself as a SUD tx provider and get federal $ (Medicare etc) or are non profit

@SubstanceAbuseJ @YngvildOlsen @ACLakeMD @tal7291 @coreysdavis @cmoraff @LeoBeletsky @lac_news It's not just like other diseases. It's fascinating to me that the people whose livelihoods are based on treating people with SUDs are opposing what those patients want - confidentiality. And if they don't want it, they can give out the info themselves. @lac_news

@YngvildOlsen @SubstanceAbuseJ @ACLakeMD @tal7291 @coreysdavis @cmoraff @LeoBeletsky @lac_news There is a supplementary final rule about to come out using the rubric "health care operations." Anyone in the field should know about this.

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News and Highlights

New Campaign Announced to Achieve Effective Parity Enforcement in 10 States

The Legal Action Center, along with four of the nation’s other leading advocacy organizations for effective enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) today announced the launch of the Parity@10 Compliance Campaign. The campaign is a three year effort that will unite local and national advocates in 10 states to pursue full enforcement of the Parity Act – with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the law lives up to its promise nationwide.

New York’s “Sealing of Certain Convictions” Law goes into Effect

Beginning tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers could be eligible to have certain old criminal convictions sealed. An article published in today’s Wall Street Journal draws attention to a potentially transformative new law – and the Legal Action Center’s ongoing work to ensure that it lives up to its potential.

Aetna to Provide Emergency Relief to Members Affected by HIV/AIDS Privacy Breach

At the end of July, Aetna mailed letters to 12,000 people breaching their HIV privacy. The company is offering emergency financial relief and counseling to those who suffered specific harm as a direct result of the mailing.

113 of the Nation’s Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch ‘Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights’

Many of the nation’s leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of SUD patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights.

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