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New York Attorney General Finds ValueOptions Denied Claims for Addiction Services at Four Times the Rate of Other Services, Reaches Settlement Including $900,000 Fine

March 5, 2015 – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Beacon Health Options (formerly known as ValueOptions) for wrongly denying addiction and mental health benefits to millions of New Yorkers in violation of state and federal parity laws. The settlement requires ValueOptions—which administers behavioral health benefits to 2.7 million New Yorkers and 45 million Americans—to overhaul its claims review process and pay a $900,000 penalty. The settlement against ValueOptions is the fourth reached by AG Schneiderman’s Health Care Bureau since last year, making AG Schneiderman’s office a national leader in enforcing the federal parity law.

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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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Sign on to the Coalition for Whole Health’s Comments to the President’s Mental Health and Addiction Parity Task Force

The Coalition for Whole Health, a national coalition of organizations working to improve coverage for and access to MH and SUD care, drafted comments to the Parity Task Force that recommend additional guidance on and enforcement of the federal MH/SUD parity law by States and the federal government.

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Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage

LAC praises the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.

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United Hospital Fund Awards LAC $60,000 to Create Report on Model Health Policies in the Criminal Justice System

The United Hospital Fund has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Legal Action Center to publish a guide to policies and practices that best engage and retain individuals involved in the criminal justice system in effective health care.

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New Parity Guide Explains Right to Health Insurance Coverage for Addiction & Mental Health Care

The Legal Action Center today released Health Insurance for Addiction and Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law. The Guide explains patients’ and providers’ rights to insurance coverage for substance use and mental disorders.

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Ellen Weber to Rejoin LAC on July 5th as Vice President for Health Initiatives

LAC is delighted to announce that Ellen Weber will be rejoining the Center on July 5th as our Vice President for Health Initiatives. Ellen, who worked at the Legal Action Center in both New York and Washington, D.C. from 1985 to 2002, including establishing our D.C. office in 1988, will return to lead the Center’s health care initiatives.

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LAC Policy Director Gabrielle de la Guéronnière Receives NASADAD Award

The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Director of Policy, Gabrielle de la Guéronnière, on receiving the Service Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Field of Substance Abuse Treatment from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) at their 2016 Annual Conference this June in Salt Lake City, UT.

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