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Legal Action Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Representative Elijah Cummings

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the loss of Representative Elijah Cummings, a relentless champion for justice and dignity. His courage of conviction was unwavering, and his leadership served as a moral compass in the Congress and in the community.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Weaken Current Privacy Protections for SUD Patient Information through Second Rulemaking

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Increase Law Enforcement Access to Private SUD Patient Information

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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NY’s New Marijuana “Decriminalization” & Expungement Law Goes into Effect

For the first time ever, New York State has begun automatic expungement of certain marijuana convictions. Legal Action Center, which has long been advocating for automatic records clearance, created a fact sheet on the new decriminalization and expungement law along with the Legal Aid Society and Community Service Society.

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Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.

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THROUGH GROUNDBREAKING CLASS ACTION, HUNDREDS OF NEW YORKERS HAVE OLD MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS SEALED

Legal Action Center was proud to partner with the Community Service Society, The Legal Aid Society, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service, pro bono counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to seal over 300 old marijuana convictions in New York City through a class action settlement. This groundbreaking effort will help to minimize the unfair obstacles to employment, housing, and other basic rights that individuals face due to past criminal records.

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Doug Liman Hosts Exclusive Premiere Screening of Pearson in Support of LAC

On July 8, 2019 the Legal Action Center (LAC) was thrilled to have LAC Board Member Doug Liman host a private screening of Pearson—a spin-off of his hit legal drama Suits—at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. This is one of the many exclusive screenings that Doug has generously organized to raise funds for LAC’s direct legal services and policy work.

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Urge NY Governor Cuomo to Remove Prior Authorization Barriers to Addiction Medicine in Medicaid and Commercial Insurance

It is critical that NY Governor Cuomo sign and pass A.7246/S.5935, legislation to remove prior authorization barriers to life-saving medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder in Medicaid in the state.

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LAC Analysis of Medicaid Plans Reveals 40 States Still Require Prior Authorization on OUD Meds

As the opioid-related overdose epidemic continues to escalate in the US, timely access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) is more important than ever. Our analysis shows that 40 state Medicaid programs still have prior authorization requirements on some or all buprenorphine-naloxone medications.

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LAC Co-Hosts Webinar on NY’s Application to Waive the Federal Medicaid “Inmate” Exclusion Provision

On June 26, 2019, the Legal Action Center and the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice co-hosted a webinar on New York’s application to waive the federal Medicaid “Inmate” Exclusion provision.

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