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Aetna Agrees To Pay Over $17 Million To Settle HIV Privacy Breach Class Action

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2018) — A $17 million settlement was announced today in a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurance company in the United States, after a faulty mailing breached the HIV privacy of thousands of Aetna’s customers.

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Legal Action Center Statement on Imposing Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued new guidance authorizing states to impose work requirements on people enrolled in Medicaid for their health care.

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SAMHSA TO CONVENE STAKEHOLDERS REGARDING THE EFFECT OF 42 CFR PART 2 ON PATIENT CARE, HEALTH OUTCOMES, AND PATIENT PRIVACY

SAMHSA announced today that it will hold a public listening session on January 31, 2018 at SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, MD, regarding the future of the Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records regulations (42 CFR Part 2, also known as “Part 2”).

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SAMHSA FURTHER REVISES 42 CFR PART 2 WITH NEW FINAL RULE ON CONFIDENTIALITY OF SUD TREATMENT INFORMATION

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) issued a Final Rule on January 3, 2018, implementing new changes to the federal rules governing confidentiality and disclosures of substance use disorder patient records, known as 42 CFR Part 2 or “Part 2.”

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LAC Applauds Cuomo’s State-of-the-State Initiatives

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for making health and justice for New Yorkers central priorities for 2018. “The proposals to address the opioid epidemic and the impacts of mass incarceration will keep New York State at the forefront of addressing these critically important problems,” said Paul Samuels, President/Director of LAC.

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New Report Shows Significant Inequalities Between Behavioral and Physical Health Coverage

Medical and surgical healthcare providers are receiving significantly higher payments from insurers than addiction and mental health practitioners for the same types of services, finds a groundbreaking, independent report published today by Milliman, Inc. and released by a coalition of America’s leading mental health and addiction advocacy organizations including the Legal Action Center.

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New Campaign Announced to Achieve Effective Parity Enforcement in 10 States

The Legal Action Center, along with four of the nation’s other leading advocacy organizations for effective enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) today announced the launch of the [email protected] Compliance Campaign. The campaign is a three year effort that will unite local and national advocates in 10 states to pursue full enforcement of the Parity Act – with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the law lives up to its promise nationwide.

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New York’s “Sealing of Certain Convictions” Law goes into Effect

Beginning tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers could be eligible to have certain old criminal convictions sealed. An article published in today’s Wall Street Journal draws attention to a potentially transformative new law – and the Legal Action Center’s ongoing work to ensure that it lives up to its potential.

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Aetna to Provide Emergency Relief to Members Affected by HIV/AIDS Privacy Breach

At the end of July, Aetna mailed letters to 12,000 people breaching their HIV privacy. The company is offering emergency financial relief and counseling to those who suffered specific harm as a direct result of the mailing.

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113 of the Nation’s Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch ‘Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights’

Many of the nation’s leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of SUD patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights.

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