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SAMHSA and ONC publish two new guidance documents clarifying 42 CFR Part 2

New official guidance documents are now available for substance use disorder patients and treatment providers to better understand the confidentiality protections for substance use disorder information, 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrative (SAMHSA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published two factsheets in May 2018 regarding the application of Part 2 to common healthcare and health information technology settings, and SAMHSA updated existing guidance with new information about the rights of same-sex couples to access treatment information about a spouse.

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Preliminary approval of Aetna HIV Privacy Breach settlement

On May 10, 2018, a federal court in Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval of the $17 million settlement of the Beckett v Aetna class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit arose from an Aetna mailing last July, disclosing the HIV status of nearly 12,000 members through the large, transparent window on the envelope.  The suit also charged Aetna with improperly transferring protected health information of over 13,000 members to its law firm and a mail vendor.

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Addiction Solutions Campaign Releases Opioid Settlement Recommendations

New York, NY:  Released today, “Opioid Settlement Priorities; Recommendations from the Addiction Solutions Campaign” outlines several key strategies for investing …

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May 16th is National Call-In Day: Urge Your U.S. House Member to Oppose the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 3545)

May 16th is National Call-In Day: Urge Your U.S. House Member to Oppose the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 3545)

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DOJ settlement with skilled nursing facility: excluding people on addiction medication violates the ADA

The Legal Action Center hails the Department of Justice’s settlement which found that a skilled nursing facility violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by excluding a patient because the patient was treated with Suboxone for opioid use disorder (OUD).

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New York Bar Foundation Grant to LAC

New York: The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $4,500 to the Legal Action Center to support …

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PARITY RED FLAGS & COMPANION TOOL

When a health insurer denies or limits care for mental health and substance use disorders, is it violating the law? New tools from the Legal Action Center (LAC) help individuals seeking care and their loved ones, providers, and advocates understand their rights to coverage under federal and state parity laws, and what to do if an insurer is violating those rights.

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LAC response to President’s Opioid Initiative

March 20th, 2018: Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Trump outlined his administration’s three-pronged plan for addressing the opioid epidemic. While the strategy includes certain components critical to expanding access to evidence-based addiction care, it lacks specificity on health approaches and falls well short of the comprehensive public health response needed to address a crisis that is currently claiming the lives of over 175 Americans each day. Further, the plan’s emphasis on the failed punitive policies is out of step with what we know from decades of public health and public policy data.

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Over 160 Organizations Issue Joint Statement of Support for Parole Board

The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used to determine parole. We must not allow politics to undermine the rule of law, nor should we discourage an agency from correctly performing its duties by allowing it to be bullied or cowed by the loudest voices and those with their own agendas.

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