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LAC’s OP-ED IN THE HILL URGES SENATE TO PRIORITIZE ADDICTION CARE and REJECT AHCA

As the Senate debates legislation to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, LAC President/Director Paul Samuels and founder of the Treatment Research Institute Tom McLellan urge them to prioritize addiction care.

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Governor Cuomo Takes Important Steps to Protect Healthcare Coverage and Equity in New York

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for taking important steps to protect the health care of New Yorkers in the context of uncertainty about the future of federal health reform. The Governor’s actions will help ensure that New York does not return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or previous heath conditions.

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New York’s Highest Court Renders Decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc.

On May 4, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals issued its decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., ruling that non-employer third parties can be held liable under the New York State Human Rights Law when they impose discriminatory criminal record hiring criteria on direct employers.

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New York Bar Foundation Awards LAC 5k Grant

The Legal Action Center wishes to share its deepest gratitude to the New York Bar Foundation for its recent award of $5,000 to our organization. The funds will allow LAC to create Part 2 of our web-based tool series “Helping New Yorkers Overcome Criminal Record Barriers.”

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The Passage of Sealing Legislation

While the decision to close Riker’s Island and passage of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility have been rightly trumpeted as major reforms of some of New York’s most deleterious criminal justice policies and practices, an extremely important piece of progressive legislation has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated: beginning in October, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have their old criminal convictions sealed.

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Statement on Jordan Edwards

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the senseless death of Jordan Edwards. Our hearts are with his family and community.

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ACTION ALERT: Urging a No-Vote on the AHCA

The House may vote this week on the AHCA, which would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. It is critical that we make our voices heard …

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Discrimination against Patients with Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent and Harmful: Health Affairs Blog Post by LAC Attorneys

In response to recent critiques against the confidentiality law that protects patients with histories of substance use disorders (42 CFR Part 2), Legal Action Center’s Senior Health Policy Attorney, Deborah Reid, and Senior Staff Attorney, Karla Lopez, penned a piece that was published today by Health Affairs.

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Legal Action Center Statement on NYS FY18 Budget

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature on the passage of the final budget bills this weekend. The $153.1 billion spending package includes several policies and investments that ensure greater access to opportunities for all New Yorkers.

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Key Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bills Reintroduced in House and Senate

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced two bicameral bills aimed at addressing the collateral consequences of criminal records. The proposed legislation includes critical reforms that would reduce barriers to employment, education, housing and safety net services that affect 70 million adults in the U.S. who have an arrest or conviction record.

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