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LAC COMMENDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 10TH STATE OF THE STATE AND FY 2021 BUDGET PROPOSALS

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for proposing a State budget to continue New York’s reforms to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. Amidst the ongoing overdose crisis, the Governor’s budget proposals to help ensure more New Yorkers can get life-saving addiction care are critically important.

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Legal Action Center Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of State Proposals

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on his continued efforts to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across New York, LAC applauds the Governor’s the proposals to increase access to addiction medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

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Governor Cuomo Vetoes Legislation to Ban Prior-Authorization Requirements on Addiction Medications in Medicaid

Governor Cuomo passes legislation to remove prior authorization requirements for addiction medicine in commercial insurance but vetoes proposed bill to do the same in Medicaid. LAC is very concerned that Medicaid recipients in New York no longer have the same access to medications that commercial beneficiaries have and will continue advocacy to remove barriers to lifesaving SUD care for ALL New Yorkers.

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New Polling Demonstrates Broad, Bipartisan Support for Bold Reforms to US Drug and Criminal Justice Policies in Advance of 2020 Elections

New polling released today by LAC makes clear that there is widespread, bipartisan support for sweeping reforms to our nation’s drug and criminal justice policies in advance of the 2020 elections.

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REMOVING PRIOR AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR All ADDICTION MEDICATION WILL SAVE LIVES AND REDUCE HEALTHCARE COSTS TO NEW YORK

As the opioid-related overdose epidemic continues to devastate families and communities nationwide, a new study shows that removing prior authorization barriers to substance use disorder treatment will decrease mortality and overall health costs in New York State.

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New Report Reveals Worsening Disparities in Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Care

Disparities between physical and behavioral healthcare for both in-network access and provider reimbursement rates are making it even harder for American families to find affordable and available mental healthcare and addiction treatment according to a new study. The report, published by Milliman, Inc., covering 37 million employees and dependents, and commissioned by The Bowman Family Foundation, reflects that conditions have worsened since a similar study was published two years ago.

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Legal Action Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Representative Elijah Cummings

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the loss of Representative Elijah Cummings, a relentless champion for justice and dignity. His courage of conviction was unwavering, and his leadership served as a moral compass in the Congress and in the community.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Weaken Current Privacy Protections for SUD Patient Information through Second Rulemaking

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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LAC 2020 Policy Recommendations: Promoting Access to Care, Health & Justice, and Equity & Opportunity

In advance of the 2020 elections, LAC has outlined a number of policy reforms that promote health, justice, equity, and opportunity, and recent LAC-commissioned polling shows the majority of Americans agree with LAC, and there is broad and strong support for improving our public health and criminal justice systems and ensuring equitable access to health and justice for all.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Increase Law Enforcement Access to Private SUD Patient Information

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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