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LAC Submits Comments on Latest Proposed Changes to Confidentiality Regulations

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has submitted comments on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s recent Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”), released on January 18, 2017.

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DELAY OF FINAL RULE ON THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT INFORMATION

The administration of President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum delaying implementation of all new and pending federal regulations. This regulatory “freeze” impacts the recently-released Final Rule modernizing federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, and the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) seeking comment on additional proposed changes to those regulations.

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Parity Hotline to Help New Yorkers Access Addiction Treatment

Last month, the Legal Action Center launched a Parity Hotline to help New Yorkers understand and enforce their rights under the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, also known as the Parity Act.

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NY Attorney General Announces National Settlement With Anthem To End Pre-Auths For Opioid Addiction Drugs

NY AG Eric Schneiderman announced yesterday a settlement with Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the country, to end its policy of requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

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SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information

LAC welcomes SAMHSA’s release of a Final Rule that aims to modernize federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, while maintaining essential privacy protections.

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New Report Details Strategies for Eliminating Housing Barriers for People with Criminal Records

This report assesses some of the most common and pernicious obstacles to housing that confront Americans with criminal records and their families. It also examines innovative federal, state, and municipal initiatives that are helping people to overcome those obstacles.

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MAT Advocacy Toolkit Can Help People Access Addiction Medication

The Legal Action Center has released a MAT Advocacy Toolkit to help people fight for their right to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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ACT NOW: Seeking comments on NYS application for Medicaid waiver

Please act now. Submit comments on New York’s request for a federal waiver to Medicaid rules barring the use of Medicaid for incarcerated individuals.

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Joint Statement on Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Report

The undersigned organizations issued the following statement today regarding the report released on October 27th by the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH and SUD) Parity Task Force, established by President Obama in March 2016.

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LAC’s Letter to the Washington Post Editor in Support of Insurance Coverage for MAT

LAC Vice President for Health Initiatives Ellen Weber responds to an article in the Washington Post entitled “The Drug Industry’s Answer to Opioid Addiction: More Pills” with a letter to the editor.

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