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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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Support Increasing Access to Life-saving Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Care in NYS

The New York State [email protected] coalition is grateful to be a partner in the efforts to ensure New York continues to be a national leader in removing barriers to substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) treatment. We urge the NYS Senate and Assembly to continue increasing access to insurance coverage for life-saving SUD and MH care.

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Support Amending NY’s Public Health Law to provide immunity for Administering Naloxone in Public-Facing businesses

Legislation (S. 5457/A. 7812) to ensure restaurants, bars and other retail establishments can administer naloxone without fear of legal liability is moving forward in New York. The Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse voted unanimously on 5/30 to move the bill to the Senate floor. Stakeholders throughout NY know how critical this legislation is to expand the ability of employees of restaurants, bars and other retail establishments to save lives and combat the opioid overdose crisis.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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